Discussion in 'The History of Hockey' started by Felidae, Apr 13, 2018.
The Hart is way older and earned prestige for decades prior. It's like comparing the Yankees to the Mets or the Rangers to the Islanders.
Also, North American pro-sports have a big thing for "MVP", which is the definition of the Hart.
Also, the Pearson/Lindsay is not voted on by professional sports-writer/media-types, but rather by the NHLPA, which, in the eyes of the professional sports-writer/media-types, makes it slightly unofficial.
Because it doesn't capture the whole scope of the season - and as Martin Brodeur noted in his book - there are situations where he would have voted differently had the voting been conducted after the season had been completed. Obvious examples include Sean Burke being nominated over Jose Theodore in 2002, and Steven Stamkos being nominated over Martin St. Louis in 2011.
And by multiple sources, the definition of the award appears to have changed in the late-1980s to "most outstanding" from "contribution to the sport of hockey", so it may not necessarily be the same award now that it was 30 years ago.