Lester B. Pearson Award - Most
Valuable Player (NHLPA)
The Lester B. Pearson is perhaps not
one of the best known player awards, but it is one that
s felt very deeply by any player fortunate enough to
Named after Nobel laureate and former
Canadian Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, the award is
annually presented to the player deemed to be the
league's most outstanding player. The award is special
because it is chosen by the players themselves
through the National Hockey League Player's Association
THe Pearson Award was presented to
the NHL in 1970-71 by the NHLPA in honor of the late Lester B. Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada.
The Pearson winner receives $20,000 USD to donate to a hockey program of his choice as part of the NHLPA's Goals & Dreams fund. Runners-up get to contribute $10,000 USD to the grassroots hockey program of his choice.
Two Edmonton Oilers have had the
honour of receiving the Pearson award. Wayne
Gretzky received the award a record 5 times in 1982,
1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987— the streak was interrupted in 1986 by
Mario Lemieux. The other Oiler voted MVP by his peers was Mark
Messier in 1990, after leading the Gretzky-less
Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup championship. Messier
would go on to win the Pearson again in 1992 as a member
of the New York Rangers.