Alex Ovechkin’s ninth Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy confirmed as NHL officially announces award winners for 2019-20 regular season
While announcing the league’s 24-team playoff, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared the 2019-20 regular season over. That meant Alex Ovechkin would win his ninth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy and share it with the Bruins’ David Pastrnak after both players scored 48 goals this past year. NHLPA boss Donald Fehr later cast doubt on that result, saying there had been no decision yet on where the stats would go for the NHL’s play-in games and round-robin games during the 24-team playoff.
Two days later, the NHL is officially announcing several of its 2019-20 regular-season award winners, suggesting this issue has been put to bed. Ovechkin and Pastrnak are confirmed to have won the Rocket while Leon Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy, the Boston Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy, and the goaltending duo of Tuuka Rask and Jaroslav Halak won the William Jennings Trophy.