So nobody knows when Pearson award finalists were first named? I found a couple of short clips of old award shows from the 90's on youtube, but I didn't see the Pearson awarded in any of them. Does anyone have access to something like the Hockey News All Access Pass? I would imagine there would be award finalists listed in old issues of those magazines.
Yes, the infamous 1981 and 1986 Pearson awards... I guess it's a good thing the active players don't choose the major award winners!
Now, onto another topic -- people, a little love for Phil Esposito...???
We probably don't have to go into these extremes of "Orr was the greatest and Espo was made by him". That's just wrong, and insulting to one of the game's all-time greatest scorers.
Two things to consider:
1) 1968-69 -- Espo puts up 126 points in the sixties (= unheard of), while Orr puts up 64. Great season for young Orr, but Espo outscores him by a 2:1 ratio, so obviously he was doing a lot by himself.
2) Seven goals (13 points) in eight games in the '72 Summit Series without Orr. All the Soviets said Phil was Canada's best player.
The 1997-98 Pearson nominees were listed in the Player Intangibles thread. I found them in the Winnipeg Free Press on LexisNexis last year.
Originally Posted by The Winnipeg Free Press
Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres leads the list of nominees for the annual Lester B. Pearson award, as presented by the NHL's Players' Association. Wayne Gretzky of the New York Rangers, Pavel Bure of the Vancouver Canucks, Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks were also nominated. The MVP award, as voted on by the players themselves, will be presented tomorrow afternoon at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
This is for 1997. Only three were named that year: Hasek, Kariya, and Lemieux.
Originally Posted by Winnipeg Free Press
Pittsburgh centre Mario Lemieux and Anaheim winger Paul Kariya were the other finalists for both the Hart and Pearson awards.
Last edited by quoipourquoi: 08-01-2014 at 02:40 PM.