“To leave a legacy, you have to win.” That’s what Nathan MacKinnon told us media when the NHL restarted a couple months back.
That statement came on the heels of MacKinnon being nominated for a few prestigious individual awards.
But by “win,” he’s not referring to those distinguished honors he’s once more been nominated for. Rather, he meant win it all — the Stanley Cup.
“I’m not really looking to do (that), leave a legacy, but I want to win (the Cup) with these guys. We’re such a close group,” MacKinnon continued. “Everyone wants to see each other succeed. With my teammates, being so amazing, I’ve played with some great players and they’ve made my life really easy out there.”
MacKinnon is up for some pretty serious hardware again this season. The biggest is undoubtedly the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s most valuable player, as voted on by the media.
Perhaps a more telling award, however, is the Ted Lindsay. That one goes to the league’s MVP, but it’s voted on by the players, MacKinnon’s peers, the ones that know him best on and off the ice. The Lindsay shows how much respect the 25-year-old MacKinnon has garnered in this league. It’ll be the second time he’s been nominated/a finalist for both the Hart and the Lindsay trophies.