The Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl, the Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers were on Tuesday named the 2019-20 finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL player deemed "most valuable to his team" by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The winner will be announced during either the conference finals or before the Stanley Cup final, which is tentatively scheduled to begin September 22.

The trio are also the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the league's most outstanding player voted for by members of the NHL Players' Association.

The two awards have had different winners in four of the previous 10 seasons, most recently in 2017-18 when the New Jersey Devils' Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy and Edmonton's Connor McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award.

The 24-year-old Draisaitl has already secured the Art Ross Trophy as the league's points leader with 110 this season, tallying 43 goals and 67 assists. A first-time finalist for the Hart Trophy, Draisaitl also led the NHL with 44 power-play points, had a league-best 33 multi-point games and is seeking to become the first German-born player to win the award.

MacKinnon finished fifth in the league with 93 points and helped propel the Avalanche to the Western Conference's second-best record, tallying 43 more points than his closest Colorado team-mate. The runner-up to Hall in Hart Trophy voting in 2017-18, the 24-year-old Canadian is also a Lady Byng finalist for sportsmanship.

Panarin set career highs this season with 32 goals and 63 assists, and his 95 points tied the Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak for third in the league. In his first season with the Rangers, the 28-year-old from Russia led the NHL with 71 even-strength points and his plus-36 plus-minus rating ranked first among all forwards. The first-time Hart finalist was the NHL rookie of the year in 2015-16 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Draisaitl, MacKinnon and Panarin will all be a part of the league's 24-team expanded playoffs that is scheduled to begin on August 1.

Nathan MacKinnon, Leon Draisaitl and Artemi Panarin have been named as finalists for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL's most outstanding player.

MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche is a finalist for the second time, while the Edmonton Oilers' Draisaitl and New York Rangers' Panarin are first-time finalists for an award voted for by players.

The winner will be announced during the conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which are tentatively scheduled for September 8.

The award is separate from the Hart Memorial Trophy, an MVP award voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

The two awards have had different winners in four of the previous 10 seasons, most recently in 2017-18 when Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy and Connor McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award.

Draisaitl has already secured the Art Ross Trophy as the league's points leader with 110 this season, tallying 43 goals and 67 assists. He and McDavid are the league's most potent scoring duo and have largely been responsible for Edmonton's 37-25-9 record, fifth in the Western Conference.

MacKinnon has helped lead the Avalanche to the second-best record in the West this season. The former first overall draft pick has 35 goals and 58 assists this season and has outscored every other forward on his team by at least 48 points.

Panarin set career highs this season with 32 goals and 63 assists, and he led the NHL with 71 even-strength points. Panarin leads all NHL forwards in plus-minus this season at plus-36 while playing for a Rangers team that has a plus-13 goal differential.

Draisaitl, MacKinnon and Panarin will all be a part of the league's 24-team expanded playoffs that is expected to begin on August 1.

The top four teams in each conference – including MacKinnon's Avalanche – are guaranteed a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs and will play a round-robin to determine seeding. Colorado will face the St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars once each for a chance at the West's seed.

Teams currently fifth to 12th in each conference – including Draisaitl's Oilers and Panarin's Rangers – will play a best-of-five qualifying series for a spot in the 16-team Stanley Cup playoff bracket. The Oilers will face the 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks while the Rangers will play the sixth-seeded Carolina Hurricanes.

Eastern Conference games are scheduled to take place in Toronto, while Edmonton will host the Western Conference matchups. 

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery to treat a brain bleed. He was 25.  

Cave's wife Emily shared the news through a team press release, saying: “I and both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more.” 

Cave was flown to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital on Tuesday after the brain bleed was discovered, and he was placed in a medically induced coma. He then underwent emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain and remained in a coma.  

After the operation, Emily Cave said on Instagram that doctors were "fighting to keep him alive" in surgery. “We need a miracle," she wrote. "Please pray for my husband and best friend."  

His family were unable to be by his side after surgery due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Countless condolences have been sent to the family from the hockey community online, including from the Swift Current Broncos, the junior team in the Western Hockey League for which Cave served as captain.  

Cave, a Saskatchewan native, skated in 11 games for the Oilers this season, scoring one goal, and appeared in 44 games with the Bakersfield Condors, Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate.    

He went undrafted but was signed by the Boston Bruins in 2015 and made his NHL debut on December 21, 2017.

The Bruins waived Cave midway through last season, when he was claimed by the Oilers, and he split time between the NHL and AHL for the rest of his career.    

Cave had four goals and five assists in his 67-game NHL career.

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.

Cave remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, the team confirmed via a brief statement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Cave's wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were "fighting to keep him alive" in surgery.

"We need a miracle," Emily Cave wrote. "Please pray for my husband and best friend."

The 25-year-old center from Battleford, Saskatchewan has skated in 11 games for the Oilers this season, scoring one goal, and has appeared in 44 games with the Bakersfield Condors, Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

Cave went undrafted but was signed by the Boston Bruins in 2015 and made his NHL debut on December 21, 2017. The Bruins waived Cave midway through last season, when he was claimed by the Oilers, and he has split time between the NHL and AHL since.

Cave has four goals and five assists in his 67-game NHL career.

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave has been placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain bleed on Monday.

The 25-year-old center has been admitted to the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto with his wife Emily by his side, the team announced through a post on Twitter.  

The Battleford, Saskatchewan native has skated in 11 games for the Oilers this season, scoring one goal, and has appeared in 44 games with the Bakersfield Condors, Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate.  

Cave went undrafted but was signed by the Boston Bruins in 2015 and made his NHL debut on December 21, 2017. The Bruins waived Cave midway through last season, when he was claimed by the Oilers, and he has split time between the NHL and AHL since.  

Cave has four goals and five assists in his 67-game NHL career.  

March 25, 2013 proved a momentous day for Tiger Woods following a rocky few years.

An all-time golf great, Woods' career appeared to be spiralling out of control towards the end of the 2000s.

But he was back at the top of the pile in March 2013, signalling an impressive renaissance.

It was also a notable – albeit controversial – day for Mike Tyson back in 1995, as the infamous boxer was released from prison after being convicted of rape in 1992.

Below, we look at those and the other major events to happen in the sporting world on March 25.

 

1958 - Sugar Ray Robinson claims historic fifth title

The phrase "pound-for-pound" essentially came into being because of Sugar Ray Robinson – a fighter whose performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions earned him renown. A professional boxer in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Robinson is regarded by many as the greatest of all-time and on this day in 1958 he became the first in history to win a world championship five times when he defeated Carmen Basilio.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky reaches 200 points for season

Wayne Gretzky's influence on ice hockey is unrivalled and he remains comfortably NHL's all-time leading points (goals and assists) scorer in history, with 2,857 – more than 900 clear of his closest challenger Jaromir Jagr. One of his finest accomplishments was becoming the first player to rack up 200 points in a single season during 1981-81, helping Edmonton Oilers to their first NHL title. He reached 200 with an assist early on against Calgary Flames, before adding another three points in that encounter. Gretzky finished the season with 212, 107 more than anyone else on the team.

1995 - Mike Tyson released from jail

After serving less than half of his six-year sentence for rape, Mike Tyson was released on March 25, 1995. He went on to ease through comeback fights against Peter McNeeley and Buster Mathis Jr, with Tyson's management accused of organising "tomato cans" to secure straightforward victories upon his return.

2013 - Tiger Woods regains world no.1 spot

After dominating golf in the 2000s, Woods endured a turbulent period from late 2009. Persistent injury problems, issues in his private life and struggles with a new swing all played a part in Woods dropping to 58th in November 2011. In March 2013, he was back on top thanks to victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, beating Justin Rose by two strokes.

2018 - Steve Smith punished for sandpaper gate

In March 2018, some Australia players were caught out in arguably the most infamous cricketing scandal ever. After admitting involvement in Cameron Bancroft's attempts at ball-tampering with sandpaper, captain Steve Smith was handed a one-match ban and fined 100 per cent of his fee by the International Cricket Council on March 25. That was just the tip of the iceberg, however. Smith and vice-captain David Warner were both banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA), while Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension for his part in what CA labelled "cheating".

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