Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kuchero. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP after a record-breaking offensive season.

Kucherov beat the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Oilers’ Connor McDavid to win his first Hart Trophy.

The 26-year old Kucherov, who also won the Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, put up a dominant 128 points through 82 games this season, the most any NHLer has scored since 1996. His 87 assists this year were also the most any player has put up since 2007. The dynamic winger collected at least one point in 75.6 per cent of his club’s games this year, helping the Lightning capture the 2019 Presidents’ Trophy.

For a full list of award winners, click here.

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