Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been nominated for the 2022 Hart Memorial Trophy, handed out annually to the most valuable player in the NHL.
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid and New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin were also named finalists. The award is voted on annually by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
The announcement of the nominees came Thursday morning, hours before the Maple Leafs were set to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.
Matthews won his second Maurice “Rocket’ Trophy, becoming the first player to reach 60 since Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos accomplished the feat during the 2011-12 season.
He also set a new franchise record for goals in a season, eclipsing Rick Vaive’s 54 goals scored in 1981-82
The Scottsdale, Arizona native also set new career highs in assists (46) and points (106).
Matthews finished second in voting last season while McDavid took the top honour. No Toronto Maple Leafs player has won the Hart Trophy since Ted Kennedy for his performance during the 1954-55 season.
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