Updated 2:09 PM ET May 1, 2000
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pavel
Bure of the Florida Panthers and Chris Pronger of the St. Louis Blues
have been selected by their peers as the finalists for the Lester B.
Pearson Award, honoring the most outstanding player during the 1999-
Jagr was honored last year by the NHL Players' Association with the
Pearson Award and also captured the Hart Trophy as the league Most
Jagr, a native of the Czech Republic, captured his third straight
scoring title this season with 96 points, including 42 goals, despite
missing 19 games due to injury.
The 28-year-old right wing is also the leading scorer in the
playoffs, recording six goals and seven assists in seven games. The
Penguins are in the Eastern Conference semifinals and have a
surprising 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers.
Bure, a native of Russia, led the NHL with 58 goals, 14 more than
runner-up Owen Nolan of the San Jose Sharks.
The 29-year-old right wing also finished two points shy of Jagr for
the scoring title.
Pronger, 25, is trying to become the first defenseman to win the
award since Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins in 1974-75.
Pronger led the NHL with a plus-52 rating and in ice time with more
than 30 minutes per game. He also recorded career-highs with 14 goals
and 48 assists and led the Blues to the Presidents' Trophy.