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Draisaitl named Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award Winner

September 21, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl
Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Marissa Baecker)

Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl was named the NHL's best player for the 2019/20 regular season.

The Edmonton Oiler was awarded both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, the league handed out its remaining awards virtually Monday afternoon.

Draisaitl led the NHL in scoring with 110 points (43G, 67A), 13 more than teammate Connor McDavid who finished second in the scoring race.

The Ted Lindsay Award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, is awarded "to the most outstanding player in the NHL" as voted by NHLPA members.

The other finalists were Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin from the New York Rangers.

The Hart Trophy is awarded to the NHL's most valuable players as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

MacKinnon and Panarin were also the other two finalists for the Hart.

Draisaitl was traded to the Kelowna Rockets during the 2014-15 season. The German forward posted 53 points (19G-32A) in only 32 regular-season games as a Rocket. Draisaitl's injection of offence helped the Rockets secure a second-place finish in the WHL's overall standings with a record of 53-13-5-1 (112 points).

From there, Draisaitl and the Rockets tore up the WHL post-season. With 28 points (10G-18A) in 19 playoff contests, Draisaitl was named WHL Playoff MVP as the Rockets captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup, sweeping the Brandon Wheat Kings in four games. Though the Rockets eventually fell in overtime to the Oshawa Generals in the Memorial Cup championship, Draisaitl continued to have his way with opponents, registering seven points (4G-3A) in five games to lead the tournament in scoring en route to being presented with the Stafford Smythe Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP.

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Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl
Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl

(Marissa Baecker)

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