Awards = HOF (3)

Winning individual awards in the Big Four of sports is a great metric to determine Hall of Fame entry.  The more important the award, the more likely the recipient will enter their respective Hall.

We have broken down the entry percentage in two categories, first by total winners, regardless of how many times they won a respective award.  Second, purely by year, again regardless of whether they are a repeat winner.

Award

Percentage of recipients who have entered the HOF

Percentage of recipients by year who have entered the HOF

Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL)

93.6 %

96.3 %

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (NHL) 66.0% 78.3%
Vezina Trophy (NHL) 50.0% 70.8%

The Vezina Trophy

The origin of the Vezina trophy came from the owners of the Montreal Canadiens, who donated the award to the NHL in 1927.  It was named in honor of Georges Vezina, who played in net for Montreal.  Vezina collapsed during a game, and was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  He died the year after.

From 1927 to 1946, the Vezina went to the NHL’s best Goalie. That would change in 1946, when it was officially given to the Goalie from the team that allowed the fewest goals. It was only allotted to one Goalie, but as the NHL moved to longer regular seasons, they allowed it to go to multiple Goalies on a team beginning in the 1964-65 Season.  That watered down the quality of winners in his period.

Beginning in the 1981-82 Season, the William M. Jennings Award was created, and it took over with the parameters of the Vezina, while the Vezina reverted back to being awarded to the best Goalie.  This is voted on by the General Managers of the NHL.

The results are as follows:

There are currently 48 former Hart Trophy winners who are Hockey Hall of Fame eligible with 24 entering, yielding a percentage of 50.0.  

If we go by yearly winners, and again, remember there were multiple winners in many seasons, we have Vezina recipients that worked out to a percentage of 70.8.

The following are the past players who have won the Vezina Trophy who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined.

1927:  George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens 28-14-2 Record. 1.47 GAA, 10.1 GPS.

George Hainsworth did not make his debut in the NHL until he was 30, and after starring the Western League.  He replaced Vezina on the Montreal Canadiens, who died, and had previously played in net every game in franchise history.  While those were big skates to fill, he managed to do so with 28 Wins, a 1.47 GAA and an NHL leading 14 Shutouts.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

1928 (2):  George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens 26-11-7 Record. 1.05 GAA, 12.6 GPS.

Hainsworth repeated as the Vezina winner, and he would lead the NHL in Wins (26) and Goals Against Average (1.05).  He would also post a career-high 12.6 Goalie Point Shares. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

1929 (3):  George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens, 22-7-5 Record, 0.92 GAA, 11.8 GPS.

With a record of 22-7-15, Hainsworth would win his third and final Vezina Trophy, and had an NHL best (and personal best) 0.92 GAA.  His 11.8 Goalie Point Shares, would also lead the NHL, and was the second best of his career. While he would not win another Vezina, he would backstop the Hans to Stanley Cup wins the next two seasons. In 1930, he set a still-standing playoff record of 270 minutes and 8 seconds without allowing a goal.  He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1933. He went back to Montreal to finish his NHL career in 1937.  He retired with a record of 167-96-54 and 1.78 GAA. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

1930:  Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins, 38-5-1, 2.19 ERA, 10.0 GPS.

Last season, Tiny Thompson was a rookie who would take the Bruins to a Stanley Cup win.  In 1930, he would win his first Vezina trophy with a career-high 38 Wins and an NHL leading 2.19 GAA.  He also led the league in Goalie Point Shares with 10.0.  Thompson was a true innovator, as he was credited with developing the glove save, and he also made history as the first Goalie in NHL history to record an Assist.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959.

1931:  Roy Worters, New York Americans 18-16-10, 1.61 ERA, 11.3 GPS.

Roy Worters was a surprise winner of the Hart Trophy in 1929 (remember he didn’t win the Vezina), he won the Vezina in 1931, making him the only New York American to win this award.  He led the NHL in GAA (1.61), and later would be named to two Second Team All-Stars.  Worters played until 1937, and though he had a losing record (171-230-82), his work in the net made his teams more competitive than they had any right to be.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

1932:  Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Blackhawks:  18-18-11, 1.85 ERA, 11.0 GPS.

Charlie Gardiner was a First Team All-Star the season before, and was this year too, as he won his first Vezina Trophy.  Gardiner went 18-18-11 with an NHL leading 1.85 GAA, and 11.0 Goalie Point Shares.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.

1933 (2):  Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins.  25-15-8, 1.76 GAA, 10.7 GPS.

Thompson led the NHL in Wins (25), Goals Against Average (1.76), Shutouts (11) and Goalie Point Shares (10.7) this season.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959.

1934 (2):  Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Blackhawks.  20-17-11, 1.63 GAA, 12.1 GPS.

Gardiner won his second Vezina, and had a 1.63 GAA, with an NHL leading 10 Shutouts and 12.1 Goalie Point Shares.  More importantly he would lead the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup, making him he first (and only) Goalie who was the team captain to win a championship.  This would be the last year that he would play, as Gardiner died shortly after.  He had been sick for some time, and he died of a brain hemorrhage.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.

1936 (3): Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins.  22-20-7, 1.68 ERA, 10.4 GPS.

Thompson had a record of only 22-20-7, but he was dominant in the pipes.  He finished first in the National Hockey League in Goals Against Average (1.68), Shutouts (10), and Goalie Point Shares (10.4).  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959.

1938 (4):  Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins.   30-11-7

This was the last great season of Tiny Thompson’s career, and he would finish at the top of the NHL’s leaderboard in Wins (30), Goals Against Average (1.80), and Goalie Point Shares (11.5).  Thompson played until 1940, ending his career with the Detroit Red Wings.  Thompson retired with a record of 284-194-75 with a 2.07 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959.

1939:   Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins.  33-9-1, 1.56 GAA, 11.3 GPS.

This was one of the best rookie seasons in the history of the National Hockey League.  With a league-leading 31 Wins, and a 1.56 GAA, Frank Brimsek would win the Calder Trophy, and became the first player to win both the Calder and Vezina in the same season.  He would lead his Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship.  This was also a history making year for the Vezina, as Brimesk was the first American (and non-Canadian) to capture this trophy.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1941:  Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs.  28-14-16, 2.00 GAA, 10.9 GPS.

Turk Broda became the first Toronto Maple Leaf to win the Vezina Trophy.  This season, he would do so while leading the NHL in Wins (28) and Goals Against Average (2.00).  The following year, Broda won the Stanley Cup, and would lead the Leafs in their greatest comeback in Finals history by taking Toronto back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Detroit. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.

1942 (2):  Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins.  24-17-6, 2.35 GAA, 11.0 GPS.

The American was a Second Team All-Star in 1940 and 1941 and in 1941-42, the native of Minnesota would lead the NHL in GAA (2.35) and Goalie Point Shares (11.0), and was third in Hart Trophy voting.  Brimsek was a Second Team All-Star the next four seasons (he missed two years due to World War II), and he retired with a record of 230-144-70.   Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1944: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  38-5-7, 2.18 GAA, 15 GPS.

This was the first of six Vezina Trophies for the Torontonian, and the runner-up for the Calder Trophy finished first in Wins (38), Goals Against Average (2.18), and Goalie Point Shares (15.0), the latter stat being a career-high.  Durnan took the Habs to a Stanley Cup win that season.   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1945 (2):  Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  38-8-4, 2.42 GAA, 13.2 GPS.

Durnan matched his 38 Wins, and led the league in that category, as well as Goals Against Average (2.42) and Goalie Point Shares (13.2).   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1946 (3):  Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  24-11-5, 2.60 GAA, 9.2 GPS.

Bill Durnan would win his second Stanley Cup this year, and in the regular season, he again had the most Wins (24), lowest Goals Against Average (2.60), and the most Goalie Point Shares (9.2).  For the first time, he was first in Shutouts (4). 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1947 (4):  Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  34-16-10, 2.30 GAA, 14.7 GPS.

Tiny Thompson was the first Goalie to win the Vezina four times, but Durnan was the first to capture in four years in a row.  He was again the league leader in Wins (34), GAA (2.30), and Goalie Points Shares (14.7).  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1948 (2):  Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs.  32-15-13, 2.38 GAA, 13.2 GPS.

After his Cup win in 1942, Broda would join the Canadian Military during World War II.  He returned to lead the Maple Leafs to a Championship in 1947, and again in 1948, where he would win his second Vezina.  That year, he also led the NHL in Wins (32), GAA (2.38) and Goalie Point Shares (13.2).  Broda would win two more Cups in Toronto, and retired with a record of 304-222-102 with a 2.53 GAA. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.

1949 (5):  Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  28-23-9, 2.10 GAA, 13.9 GPS.

After an off-season, where he lost the Vezina to Turk Broda, Bill Durnan became the first player to win the Vezina five times. Durnan was not first in Wins (he had 28), but he had an NHL leading 2.10 GAA and 10 Shutouts.  His 13.9 Goalie Point Shares also finished first.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1950 (6):  Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens.  26-21-17, 2.20 GAA, 14.2 GPS.

With this win, Durnan was the first player to win the Vezina for a sixth time.  Like the previous season, he wasn’t first in Wins (28), but his 2.20 GAA placed him first, as did his 14.2 Goalie Point Shares.  This was the end for Durnan as he ended his career.  In the seven seasons he played, he won six Vezinas.  He retired with a record of 208-112-62 and a GAA of 2.36.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1952:  Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings.  44-14-12, 1.90 GAA, 16.6 GPS.

Terry Sawchuk won the Calder Trophy the season before, with a career-high 44 Wins and 17.0 Goalie Point Shares.  Sawchuk replicated that success, equaling his 44 Wins (league leading), and he was also first in Goals Against Average (1.90), Shutouts (12) and Goalie Point Shares (16.6).  He would take the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup, and he went 8-0 with a 0.62 GAA. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

1953 (2):  Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings.  32-15-16, 1.89 GAA, 14.0 GPS.

Sawchuck won his second Vezina in as many seasons, and he was the NHL leader in Wins (32), Goals Against Average (1.80), and Goalie Point Shares (14.0).  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

(1954):  Harry Lumley, Toronto Maple Leafs.  32-24-13, 1.86 GAA, 15.6 GPS.

Harry Lumley would lead the NHL in GAA (1.86) and Goalie Point Shares (15.6), and he had a record of 32-24-13.  Lumley finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting, and he was second the following season, and would again lead the NHL in GAA (1.91) and Goalie Point Shares (16.2).  He played until 1960, after playing for all but the Montreal Canadiens of the Original Six. He retired with a record of 330-329-142 and a 2.74 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

1955 (3):  Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings.  40-17-11, 1.96 ERA, 15.4 GPS

In 1954, Sawchuk was a Second Team All-Star, and he led Detroit to another Stanley Cup win.  This season, he finished first in Wins (40) and Shutouts (12), and he had a GAA of 1.96.  He would again lead Detroit win the Stanley Cup.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

1956:  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  42-12-10, 1.86 GAA, .931 Save Percentage, 15.1 GPS.

Jacques Plante was far more than the first goalie to wear a face mask, as he was one of the best netminders that the game ever saw. After finishing third in Calder Trophy voting the year before, Plante would win his first Vezina where he led the Habs to a Stanley Cup win.  Plante led the NHL in Wins (42), GAA (1.86), and Goalie Point Shares (15.1).  This was the first year the league tracked Save Percentage, and he was the first man to lead that category with .930.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1957 (2):  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  31-18-12, 2.00 GAA, .920 Save Percentage, 14.2 GPS.

The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup again, with Plante in the net.  He led the league in GAA (2.00) and Shutouts (9), and he would also have 31 Wins, a .920 Save Percentage and 14.2 Goalie Point Shares. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1958 (3):  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  34-14-8, 2.11 GAA, .924 Save Percentage, 13.2 GPS.

This was very much a mirror image of the season before.  Plante was first in Wins (34), GAA (2.11), Shutouts (9), and Goalie Point Shares (13.2), and like the two years before, he would win the Stanley Cup.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1959 (4):  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  38-16-13, 2.16 GAA, .925 Save Percentage, 15.6 GPS. 

Plante would tie the record of four straight Vezina Trophies, and he a Stanley Cup in them all!  This year, the Quebecer would have league leads in Wins (38), Save Percentage (.925), GAA (2.16), Shutouts (9), and 15.6 Goalie Point Shares, which would be his career-high.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1960 (5):  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  40-17-12, 2.54 GAA, .915 Save Percentage, 14.0 GPS. 

History was made again as Plante would become the first Goalie to win the coveted Vezina Trophy five years in a row.  What else did he do in those five years?  He won Stanley Cups in all of them.  This season, he would have a league-leading 40 Wins, 2.54 GAA, and he would also have 14.0 Goalie Point Shares.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1961:  Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leafs.  33-15-10, 2.50 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 12.1 GPS.

Johnny Bower would win his first two Vezina Trophies at age 36, but then again, he did not make the NHL until he was 29.  This was the first and only year that he would finish first in Wins (33) and he was his second straight season leading the NHL in Save Percentage (.922).  He was also a First Team All-Star and was second in Hart Trophy voting.  Bower would be in net for the Leafs as they won the next three Stanley Cups.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.  

1962 (6):  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens.  42-14-14, 2.37 GAA, .923 Save Percentage, 15.6 GPS.

Plante would tie Bill Durnan with his sixth Stanley Cup, and for the first time he would win the Hart Trophy.  This would be another first, as he was unable to win the Stanley Cup in a Vezina Trophy winning campaign.  Plante wo would finish first in Wins (42), Save Percentage (.923), GAA (2.37), and Goalie Point Shares (15.6).  The latter would tie his previous high.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1963:  Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks.  30-20-15, 2.47 GAA, .918 Save Percentage, 13.6 GPS.

This is an excellent time to remind everyone that this was during the period where the Vezina was automatically given to the goalie(s) from the team that allowed the least goals.  We mention this, because before Hall won his first Vezina, he had already won the Calder, and was a First Team All-Star, and Second Team All-Star three different times.  This season, Hall was chosen for his fourth First Team All-Star, and would finish first in Save Percentage (.918), Shutouts (5), and Goalie Point Shares (13.6).  He would also have a GAA of 2.47.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

1965 (4) (Co-Winner):  Terry Sawchuk, Toronto Maple Leafs.  16-13-7, 2.56 GAA, .915 Save Percentage, 7.0 GPS.

In Terry Sawchuk’s first year in Toronto, he would share the netminding duties with Johnny Bower.  As this was under the old rules, Sawchuk (who played in two more games than Bower), was to be awarded the trophy, but he refused unless Bower was the co-winner.  The NHL then changed the rule to allow multiple winners, providing the goalie in question played in at least 25 Games.  This was Sawchuk’s fourth and final Vezina, and he would have a record of 16-13-7 with a 2.81 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

1965 (2) (Co-Winner):  Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leafs (2).  14-13-7, 2.38 GAA, .924 Save Percentage, 7.2 GPS.

As noted above, Terry Sawchuk’s refusal to accept the Vezina unless Bower was a co-winner, allowed the latter to win his second and final Vezina.  Winning this at age 40, made Bower the oldest Goalie to win that award, an honor he still holds to this day.  He would lead the NHL in Save Percentage with .925, and had a GAA of 2.65.  Bower played until he was 45, and retired with a record of 250-192-90.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.

1966 (Co-Winner):  Gump Worsley, Montreal Canadiens.  28-13-6, 2.36 GAA, .917 Save Percentage, 11.0 GPS.

Sharing the goaltending load with Charlie Hodge, Worlsey won his first Vezina at 36, 11 years after winning the Calder with the New York Rangers.  Worsley was a Second Team All-Star this year and he had a record of 28-13-6 with a 2.36 GAA. The Habs would win the Stanley Cup that season.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

1967 (2) (Co-Winner):  Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks.  19-5-5, 2.38 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 6.1 GPS.

In between Hall’s first and second Vezina Trophy, he would be named to two First Team All-Stars.  This year, he only played 32 Games, but had a record of 19-5-5, and led the league in GAA (2.38).  He would be named a Second Team All-Star this year.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

1968 (Co-Winner):  Rogie Vachon, Montreal Canadiens.  22-15-2, 2.48 GAA, .913 Save Percentage, 7.1 GPS.

This was Vachon’s second season in the NHL, and he would share the Vezina with Gump Worsley.  He would win 21 Games, with a 2.48 GAA, and he would win the Stanley Cup, which he would do so again the year after.  This may have been Vachon’s only Vezina, but not the only good season he would have.  He would later join the Los Angeles Kings, and helped bring them to respectability. With the Kings, he would earn a Second Team All-Star twice and was in the top three in Hart Trophy voting in both of those years.  He would later play in Detroit and Boston, retiring in 1982 with a record of 353-293-128 with an even 3.00 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

1968 (2) (Co-Winner):  Gump Worsley, Montreal Canadiens.  21-7-8, 1.98 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 9.0 GPS.

This season, Worsley, was sharing the goaltending role with Rogie Vachon, and he had a 21-7-8 record with a GAA of 1.98, and that would lead the NHL.  He was also named a First Team All-Star.  The Habs would win the Stanley Cup this season, and would win his fourth Cup the year after.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

1969 (3) (Co-Winner):  Glenn Hall, St. Louis Blues.   19-12-8, 2.17 GAA, .928 Save Percentage, 9.4 GPS.

Last season was Hall’s first in St. Louis, and his efforts brought the Blues to the Stanley Cup Final.  While they lost, he would win the Conn Smythe for his efforts. This year, he shared the goaltending duties with Jacques Plante, and they were the first expansion team goalies to win a Vezina.  This season, he was a First Team All-Star with a GAA of 2.17 and a league-leading 8 Shutouts.  Hall played two more years and retired with a record of 407-326-164 over 18 seasons.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

1969 (7):  Jacques Plante, St. Louis Blues.  18-12-6, 1.96 GAA, .940 Save Percentage, 9.2 GPS.

Plante was traded to the New York Rangers in 1963, and was claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the 1968 Intra-League Draft.  In his first season with the expansion team, he would share the Vezina with Glenn Hall.  The tandem would be the first goalies on an expansion team to win the Vezina, and he would finish first in the NHL in Save Percentage (.940) and GAA (1.96).  Plante would later play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, and had a brief comeback in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers.  As of this writing, no other Goalie has won the Vezina seven times, and it will likely be decades before anyone else can say the same thing.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1970:  Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks.  38-17-8, 2.17 GAA, .932 Save Percentage, 14.7 GPS.

For the first time since the 1963-64 season, we have a sole winner for the Vezina in Tony Esposito.  This was his rookie year, where he also was a First Team All-Star, the Calder Trophy winner, and he was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy. Esposito would lead all of the goalies in Wins (38), Save Percentage (.932), and Shutouts, and he had a nice GAA of 2.17. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1971 (Co-Winner):  Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers.  27-10-6, 2.16 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 11.0 GPS.

In the four years previous, Giacomin was either a First Team and Second Team All-Star, and this year he would be a First Team All-Star this year.  Finishing eighth in Hart Trophy voting, he would win 27 Games, with a 2.16 GAA and a league leading eight Shutouts.  Giacomin played until 1978, but would never be a post season All-Star again.  He played his last three years with the Detroit Red Wings, and retired with 290-209-96 and a GAA of 2.82.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

1972 (2) (Co-Winner):  Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks.  31-10-6, 1.77 GAA, .934 Save Percentage, 13.0 GPS.

Esposito was not the sole winner on his second Vezina, as he shared this with Gary Smith.  This season, Esposito was also a First Team All-Star, and for the first and only time he would lead the NHL in GAA (1.77), and this was his second and final Save Percentage lead (.934).  Both of those would be career-highs.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1973:  Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens.  33-7-13, 2.26 GAA, .926 Save Percentage, 13.2 GPS.

The sole winner of this season’s Vezina, Ken Dryden had already won a Conn Smythe, a Stanley Cup and was a Second Team All-Star the year before.  This season, he was a First Team All-Star, was fourth in Hart Trophy voting, and led the NHL in Wins (33), Save Percentage (.926), GAA (2.26), Shutouts (6) and Goalie Point Shares (13.2).  He would back stop the Canadiens to another Stanley Cup win.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1974 (3) (Co-Winner):  Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks.  34-14-21, 2.05 GAA, .929 Save Percentage, 18.2 GPS.

For the first and only time in the era of co-winning possibilities, we have co-winners from different teams.  Bernie Parent of Philadelphia won this season along with Esposito, who was a Second Team All-Star that year.  He had an excellent record of 34-12-21 and a 2.05 GAA, and was fifth in Hart Trophy voting.  With the exception of 13 Games, he would play his entire career with the Blackhawks, and would be a First Team All-Star one more time.  He retired in 1984 with a record of 423-306-152 and a 2.93 GAA.   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1974 (Co-Winner):  Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers.   47-13-12, 1.89 GAA, .932 Save Percentage, 19.9 GPS.

As discussed above, Parent co-won the Vezina with Tony Esposito, the first and only time that the award was split between two players from two different teams.  This season, Parent would lead all the Goalies in Wins (47), Save Percentage (.932), GAA (1.89), Shutouts (12) and Goalie Point Shares (19.9).  Parent would lead the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup win, and win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

1975 (2):  Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers.  44-14-9, 2.04 GAA, .918 Save Percentage, 18.6 GPS.

Parent was the sole winner of the Vezina this year, and he again took the Flyers to a Stanley Cup win, and won the Conn Smythe. The Flyer would finish first in GAA (2.04), Shutouts (12) and Goalie Point Shares (18.6), and he was a First Team All-Star, as he was the year before.  He played until 1979, and retired with a record of 271-198-119, and a 2.55 GAA.   

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

1976 (2):  Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens.  42-10-8, 2.03 GAA, .927 Save Percentage, 16.5 GPS.

In between this Vezina and the last one, Dryden took a year off due to a contract dispute, and he pursued a law degree.  He came back and would do what he always did, which was win a lot of games, and stop a lot of pucks.  This season, he finished first in Wins (42), GAA (2.03), Shutouts (8) and Goalie Point Shares (16.5).  He would also be named a First Team All-Star and would win a Stanley Cup.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1977 (3) (Co-Winner):  Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens.  41-6-8, 2.14 GAA, .920 Save Percentage, 14.3 GPS. 

This season, he would share the Vezina with Michel Larocque, but again he would win the Stanley Cup, and he would log all the minutes in the playoffs.  In the regular season, Dryden was a First Team All-Star, led the NHL in Wins (41), Save Percentage (.920)., Shutouts (10), and Goalie Point Shares (14.3).  He also had a spectacular GAA of 2.14.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1978 (4) (Co-Winner):  Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens.  37-7-7, 2.05 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 13.7 GPS.

Like the year before, Dryden shared the Vezina with Michel Larocque, but that was not the only similarity.  Dryden worked all of the minutes in the playoffs and would again raise the Stanley Cup over his head.  The Goalie had a 27-7-7 record with an NHL leading .922 Save Percentage, and 2.05 GAA.  He would also earn another First Team All-Star Selection.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1979 (5) (Co-Winner):  Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens.  30-10-7, 2.30 GAA, .909 Save Percentage, 12.1 GPS.

Dryden again shared the Vezina with Michel Larocque, and he again took Montreal to a Stanley Cup win.  This season he won 30 Games, and led the NHL in GAA (2.30), Shutouts (5) and Goalie Point Shares (12.1).  Dryden would also be named a First Team All-Star for the fifth and final time.  Even though Dryden was still in his prime, he retired after this year.  He was a true renaissance man, who would be an acclaimed writer, commentator, hockey executive, teacher and politician.  He retired with a sparkling record of 258-57-74 and a 2.24 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1982:  Billy Smith, New York Islanders.  32-9-4, 2.97 GAA, .898 Save Percentage, 10.5 GPS.

This was year three of the Islanders four-year run winning Stanley Cups, and Billy Smith would be there for all of them. This was the season where the Vezina reverted back to being awarded to the league’s best Goalie, and the previous parameters were placed in a new award; The William M. Jennings Trophy. Smith led the NHL with 32 Wins, and he would have a GAA of 2.97.  The year after, he would win the William M Jennings Trophy and the Conn Smythe.  Smith played until 1989, remaining with the Isles, and he had a record of 305-233-105 and a 3.18 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

1988:  Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers.  40-24-9, 3.43 GAA, .881 Save Percentage, 11.3 GPS.

Grant Fuhr was the Goalie for the Oilers’ dynasty, and this season he was in 75 Games, with a league-leading 40 Wins. While his 3.43 GAA was high, in this era, the red light was lit often, and he played for the team that was always looking to concentrate on offense.  Fuhr was the runner-up for the Hart, and he would take the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup.  He played until 2000, and would also play for Toronto, Buffalo, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Calgary finishing with a record of 403-295-114.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

1989.  Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens:   33-5-6, 2.47 GAA, .908 Save Percentage, 9.3 GPS.

Three years ago, Patrick Roy was a rookie who carried Montreal on his back, and won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe.  Roy would then proceed to win two William M. Jennings Trophies, and was a Second Team All-Star before this year.  In 1988-89, he was chosen for his first of four First Team All-Star, won his third straight Jennings Trophy, and finally won the Vezina.  He would lead the NHL in Save Percentage (.908), GAA (2.47), and he had a record of 33-5-6.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

1990 (2):  Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens.  31-16-5, 2.53 GAA, .912 Save Percentage, 11.9 GPS.

This year, Roy went back-to-back in Vezinas and for the first of three straight years, he would lead the goalies in Save Percentage (.912).  He also was first in Goalie Point Shares (11.9), and Wins (31), and he had a GAA of 2.53. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

1991:  Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks.  43-19-7, 2.47 GAA, .910 Save Percentage, 14.0 GPS.

We have another Vezina Trophy winner who was also the Calder Trophy winner, as Ed Belfour had a phenomenal season for the Blackhawks in 1990-91.  Belfour led the NHL in Wins (43), Save Percentage (.910), GAA (2.47), and Goalie Point Shares (14.0).  “The Eagle” would also win the William M. Jennings Trophy.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1992 (3):  Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens.  36-22-8, 2.36 GAA, .914 Save Percentage, 13.5 GPS.

Roy led the NHL for the fourth and final time in Save Percentage (.914), and was the league-leader in GAA (2.36) for the second time.  Roy would win 36 Games, and secured his fourth William M. Jennings Trophy.  The year after, Roy again took Montreal to another Stanley Cup, and won his second Conn Smythe Trophy.  He would later be traded to the Colorado Avalanche, and win two more Stanley Cups, another Conn Smythe, and his fifth William M. Jennings Trophy.  He retired in 2003 with a phenomenal record of 551-315-131 and a GAA of 2.54.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

1993 (2):  Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks.  41-18-11, 2.59 GAA, .906 Save Percentage, 13.0 GPS.

Belfour would win his second and final Vezina, while also winning his second William M. Jennings Award.  He led the NHL in Shutouts (7), and had 41 Wins, with a 2.59 GAA. Belfour would later win two more Jennings Trophies and a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.    Belfour also played for San Jose, Toronto and Florida, and retired in 2007 with a record of 484-320-125.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1994:  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  30-20-6, 1.95 GAA, .930 Save Percentage, 13.1 GPS.

Dominik Hasek was a late bloomer in the pro hockey as he was 29 this year, and had three unremarkable seasons in the NHL, so it was safe to say that nobody saw the dominance that he would have over the next eight years.  In what would be his first Vezina win, he would also win the William M. Jennings Trophy. Statistically, he was first in Save Percentage (.930), GAA (1.95), Shutouts (7), and he would have 30 Wins. He would also finish second in Hart Trophy voting.  Historically, he is the first goalie from the Czech Republic to win the Vezina.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1995 (2):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  19-14-7, 2.11 GAA, .930 Save Percentage, 10.3 GPS.

Winning his second Vezina in as many years, Dominik Hasek would also win his second straight Save Percentage Title (.930), and GAA Title (2.11), and he also was third in Hart Trophy voting.  Hasek was also first in Goalie Point Shares with 10.3. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1997 (3):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  37-20-10, 2.27 GAA, .930 Save Percentage, 17.2 GPS.

The Czech superstar led the NHL in Save Percentage for the fourth consecutive year (.930), while having 37 Wins, and leading the NHL in Goalie Point Shares (17.2).  Hasek was so dominant and vital to the Sabres’ success, that he would win both the Hart and Lester B Pearson Award.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1998 (4):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  33-23-13, 2.09 GAA, .932 Save Percentage, 18.6 GPS.

Hasek was an absolute beast last year, and he was even better this season, and we will argue that this was the best year of one of the most incredible careers by an NHL goalie.  “The Dominator” was the NHL leader in Save Percentage for the fifth straight year (.932), and he had career-highs (that also led the NHL) in Shutouts (13) and Goalie Point Shares (18.6).  Hasek repeated as the winner of both the Hart and Pearson Trophy, and the success of Buffalo was primarily due to the Czech netminder.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1999 (5):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  30-18-14, 1.87 GAA, .937 Save Percentage, 16.8 GPS. 

Hasek’s .937 Save Percentage would earn him that title for the sixth straight year, and while he was not the NHL leader in Goals Against Average, his 1.87 was his career-best.  He also led the NHL in Goalie Point Shares (16.8), and he was third in Hart voting.  Hasek would finally take Buffalo to the Stanley Cup, thought they lost in controversial fashion to the Dallas Stars.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

2001 (6):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres.  37-24-4, 2.11 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 13.9 GPS. 

This was the sixth and last Vezina Trophy of the career of Dominik Hasek, and he did so while winning his second William M. Jennings Trophy.  He would have 37 Wins, a 2.11 GAA, with an NHL best 11 Shutouts.  Hasek also had 13.9 Goalie Point Shares.  This was his last year in Western New York, as he demanded a trade, and got one, as he was dealt to Detroit.  Hasek would later win two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, and he played until 2008, where in his final season, where he would win his third Jennings Trophy.  He retired with a record of 389-223-95 and a GAA of 2.20.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.  41-23-9, 2.02 GAA, .914 Save Percentage, 11.4 GPS. 

2003:  Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils.  41-23-9, 2.02 GAA, .914 Save Percentage, 11.4 GPS. 

It may have taken until he was 30 before he won his first Vezina trophy, but don’t think that Martin Brodeur blossomed late. Prior to this win, Brodeur had already won the Stanley Cup twice, the William M. Jennings Trophy twice, the Calder Trophy, was a Second Team All-Star twice, and he had already been in the top five in Vezina voting in the seven seasons prior.  In this season, he not only won his first Vezina, but also his third Jennings Trophy.  For the fifth time, he was first in Wins (41), and had a GAA of 2.02.  He took the Devils to their third Stanley Cup, and he would be named a First Team All-Star.  Notably, he would also finish third in Hart Trophy voting.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

2004 (2):  Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils.  38-26-11, 2.03 GAA, .917 Save Percentage, 12.5 GPS.  

Brodeur went back-to-back as a Vezina Trophy winner, and in this campaign, he would win his fourth William M. Jennings Trophy. Once again, he had the most Wins (38), and had the league lead in Shutouts (11), and captured his second First Team All-Star Selection.  Brodeur again had a great GAA of 2.03. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

2007 (3):  Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils.  48-23-7, 2.18 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 17.3 GPS. 

Brodeur appeared in 78 Games, and for the eighth time in his career, he would lead the NHL in Wins (43), and for the fourth time was first in Shutouts (11).  He would also have a career-high (and NHL-leading) Goalie Point Shares (17.3). The New Jersey Devil would also have a 2.18 GAA.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

2008 (4):  Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils.  44-27-6, 2.17 GAA, .920 Save Percentage, 15.5 GPS.  

This was his Martin Brodeur’s last Vezina win, and for the first of his four wins, he was not a First Team All-Star, as that would go to Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks.  This year, he had a record of 44-27-6 and a GAA of 2.18.  Brodeur would later win his fifth Jennings Trophy (in 2010), and he played until 2015.  His career with the exception of seven games was with the Devils, and he retired with a record of 691-397-154 and a GAA of 2.24.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

The following are the players who have won the Vezina Trophy who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have not been selected:

1935:  Lorne Chabot, Chicago Blackhawks.  26-15-5, 1.80 GAA, 11.5 GPS

Lorne Chabot was only with the Blackhawks for one season, and he replaced the legendary Charlie Gardner, who tragically died the summer before.  Chabot led the NHL in Goals Against Average (1.80) and Goalie Point Shares (11.5). He played for the Montreal Marrons and New York Americans after, and he previously won two Stanley Cups previously (one with the New York Rangers and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs).  

Eligible since 1947.  Ranked #28 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1937:  Normie Smith, Detroit Red Wings.  25-14-9, 2.05 GAA, 9.8 GPS

Normie Smith finished first among the NHL Goalies in Wins (25), Goals Against Average (2.05), Shutouts (6), and Goalie Point Shares (9.8), and this was the only season where he was post-season All-Star. Like he did the year before, Smith backstopped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup win. 

Eligible since 1948.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1940:  Dave Kerr, New York Rangers.  27-11-10, 2.47 GAA, 12.8 GPS

Dave Kerr was a Second Team All-Star two seasons prior, but this year he was First Team, and would win his lone Vezina Trophy. Kerr had an NHL Leading 1.54 GAA and 13.1 Goalie Point Shares, both of which were also career-bests.  More importantly, Kerr would lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup win.  Kerr would only play one more season, and retired with a record of 204-149-76 and a GAA of 2.14. 

Eligible since 1947.  Ranked #176 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1943:  Johnny Mowers, Detroit Red Wings.  25-14-11, 2.05 GAA, 9.8 GPS

Johnny Mowers was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy two seasons before, and he would win the Vezina this year.  Mowers led the NHL in Wins (25), GAA (2.47), Shutouts (6) and Goalie Point Shares (12.8), and would back stop the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup win.  He would leave the NHL for the military for three years, but when he returned, he was unable to reclaim his starting job, and was out of the game only a year later. 

Eligible since 1950.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1951:  Al Rollins, Toronto Maple Leafs.  26-6-7, 1.77 GAA, 10.4 GPS.

Rollins finished second in Calder Trophy voting, and he would lead the NHL in GAA with 1.77.  He would also have 10.4 Goalie Point Shares with a 26-6-7 record. Rollins led the Leafs to a Stanley Cup win, and later in 1954, he won a Hart Trophy as a Blackhawk.  He retired for good in 1960, but due to being on some horrible Chicago teams, he had a losing record of 140-206-82.  

Eligible since 1963.  Ranked #102 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1964:  Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens.  33-18-11, 2.26 GAA, .920 Save Percentage, 13.3 GPS.

With the great Canadiens goalies through the years, Charlie Hodge has been forgotten.  He would win the Vezina in 1964, where he would lead the goalies in Shutouts (8), and won 33 Games with a GAA of 2.26.  He was named a Second Team All-Star this season.  

Eligible since 1974.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1966 (2) (Co-Winner):  Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens.  13-8-2, 2.58 GAA, .905 Save Percentage, 4.5 GPS.

Hodge helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup the year before, and was also a Second Team All-Star.  He would not be a post-season All-Star this year, and he only played 26 Games, far less than his teammate, Gump Worsley.  While his 2.57 GAA was respectable, he had a weaker year than the “Gump”.  

Eligible since 1974.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1967 (Co-Winner):  Denis DeJordy, Chicago Blackhawks.  22-12-7, 2.46 GAA, .923 Save Percentage, 9.0 GPS.

Denis DeJordy shared this Vezina win with Hall of Famer, Glenn Hall.  DeJordy was in net for Chicago for 44 Games and had a record of 22-12-7 with a 2.46 GAA. He would finish tenth in Hart Trophy voting this year.  DeJordy played until 1974, and he would have stops in Los Angeles, Montreal and Detroit. 

Eligible since 1977.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1971 (Co-Winner):  Gilles Villemure, New York Rangers.  22-8-4, 2.30 GAA, .919 Save Percentage, 8.0 GPS.

Villemeure would win his only Vezina in a sharing effort with Ed Giacomin, and Villemeure’s contribution was 22 Wins with a 2.30 GAA.  He had only played 13 Games in the NHL before, and although he was 30, this was technically his rookie season, and he would finish third in Calder Trophy voting with a tenth-place finish in Hart Trophy voting.  He played for another seven years, with his last two coming in back-up in Chicago.  Villemure retired with an even 100 Wins against 64 Losses and 29 Ties.  

Eligible since 1980.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1972 (Co-Winner):  Gary Smith, Chicago Blackhawks.  14-5-6, 2.42 GAA, .911 Save Percentage, 5.6 GPS.

Smith led the NHL in Saves the two years before in Saves, but also in Losses, as he was with the abysmal California Golden Seals. This was Smith’s first season in Chicago, and he backed up Tony Esposito, with whom he shared the Vezina. He played 28 Games to qualify for the award, and he had 14 Wins with a 2.42 GAA.  He continued to play until 1980 with stops in Vancouver, Minnesota, Washington, Indiana (WHA) and Winnipeg.  

Eligible since 1983.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1977 (Co-Winner):  Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens.  19-2-4, 2.09 GAA, .910 Save Percentage, 6.8 GPS.

As Ken Dryden’s backup, Larocque already won a Stanley Cup in 1976.  This season, he played in 26 Games, one more than the minimum to qualify.  In the games he did play in, he had a GAA of 2.09, which placed him first in the NHL, and he had an exemplary record of 19-2-4. He would get his name etched on the Cup again, but he did not play in the post-season, as Dryden did all the work in between the pipes.  

Eligible since 1987.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com

1978 (2) (Co-Winner):  Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens.  22-3-4, 2.84 GAA, .888 Save Percentage, 6.2 GPS.

The similarities were there from this season and the last one, as Larocque was again the back-up to Ken Dryden, and he saw no action in a post-season where the Habs won the Stanley Cup.  In this regular season, the man with the nickname of “Bunny” played in 30 Games with an outstanding record of 22-3-4 and a 2.67 GAA. 

Eligible since 1987.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1979 (3) (Co-Winner):  Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens 22-7-4, 2.67 GAA, .888 Save Percentage, 7.1 GPS.

The continuation of Larocque’s predictable run continues here with his third straight Vezina, as the backup to Ken Dryden. Like the previous two seasons, Larocque would win the Stanley Cup, though this time he would play in the post-season; albeit for 20 Minutes.  This season, Larocque would appear in 34 Games with a 22-7-4 record, and a GAA of 2.84. 

Eligible since 1987.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com

1980:  Don Edwards, Buffalo Sabres.  27-9-12, 2.57 GAA, .893 Save Percentage, 11.5 GPS.

Edwards was a Second Team All-Star two seasons before, and was so again this season.  He was one half a very good tandem with Bob Sauve, and Edwards would have a record of 27-912 with a 2.57 GAA.  He would play until 1986, with stops in Calgary and Toronto.  Edwards would play 459 Games with a record of 208-155-74.  

Eligible since 1989.  Ranked #189 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1980:  Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres.  20-8-4, 2.36 GAA, .901 Save Percentage, 7.9 GPS.

Sauve would co-win this with Don Edwards, and in the 32 Games he played, he would win 20 of them, and led the NHL in GAA with a 2.36 metric.  While still with the Sabres, he would win the William M. Jennings Award with Tom Barrasso. He would play four more years; two with Chicago, and two with New Jersey.  Sauve would have a record of 182-154-54.  

Eligible since 1992.   Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1981 (Co-Winner):  Denis Herron, Montreal Canadiens.  6-9-6, 3.52 GAA, .878 Save Percentage, 3.5 GPS.

This was the last year where the Vezina Trophy would go to the team’s goalies (who played at least 25 Games) with the least amount of goals allowed.  We will go on record that Herron turned out to be the worst recipient of the Vezina, as he had had a losing record of 6-9-9 and a GAA of 3.50.  In the following season, he would co-win the William M. Jennings Trophy with Rick Wamsley.  He would play until 1986, finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  His record was 146-203-76 with a GAA of 3.70. 

Eligible since 1992.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1981 (4) (Co-Winner):  Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens.  19-12-5, 3.52 GAA, .873 Save Percentage, 6.3 GPS.

There is a lot to discuss here.  First, as shown above and below (with Heron and Sevingy respectively), he is the one of three (and there will only ever be three) Goalies to win the Vezina in the same season.  The second is that Larocque was traded during the season to Toronto. This makes Larocque the only player to date to win the Vezina, while playing for two different teams.  That being true, with the rules established (at the time), it was won as a Hab.  Messed up, right?  Perhaps, and this might be part of the reason that after this, the Vezina would be awarded hereafter to the solitary goalie who was considered to be the best in the NHL. The William M. Jennings Award would be created the year after that would have the previous Vezina parameters.  As it stands, we have Michel Larocque, a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, who has zero chance to make the Hockey Hall of Fame. As it stands, Larocque’s regular season (only with Montreal), would see him play in 28 Games, winning 16 with a 3.04 GAA.  In addition to the Leafs, “Bunny” played for Philadelphia and St. Louis and retired in 1984. He had a record of 160-89-45, which was incredible, though mostly as a part of the last Montreal dynasty.  

Eligible since 1987.   Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1981 (Co-Winner):  Richard Sevingy, Montreal Canadiens.  20-4-3, 2.40 GAA, .908 Save Percentage, 7.9 GPS.

As seen in the above two entries, Sevingy shared the Vezina with Denis Herron and Michel Larocque.  Finishing eight in Calder Trophy voting this year, Sevingy appeared in 33 Games, and won 20 of them.  He would lead the NHL in GAA with 2.40.  He played for Montreal until 1984, and had three more seasons with the Quebec Nordiques.  He finished his NHL career with a record of 80-54-20 with a 3.21 GAA.  

Eligible since 1989.   Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com

1983:  Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins.  40-12-9, 2.37 GAA, .903 Save Percentage, 16.5 GPS.

After four years in Philadelphia, Pete Peeters debuted in Boston, where he would have the best season of his career.  The Goalie would lead the league in Wins (40), GAA (2.37), Shutouts (8), and Goalie Point Shares (16.5).  He would again lead the NHL in GAA in 1987-88, when he was with the Washington Capitals.  Peeters played until 1991, and had a record of 246-156-51.  

Eligible since 1989.   Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com

1984:  Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres.  26-12-3, 2.85 GAA, .893 Save Percentage, 7.5 GPS. 

At age 18, Tom Barrasso is the youngest player to win the Vezina. He would have a record of 26-12-3, with a 2.85 GAA, and he would also win the Calder Trophy.  A First Team All-Star this season, Barrasso would be a Second Team All-Star, and would win the William M. Jennings Trophy the year after. He would later win two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he had stops in Ottawa, Carolina, Toronto and St. Louis.  Barrasso retired in 2003 with a record of 369-277-86.  

Eligible since 2006.   Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1985:  Pelle Lindberg, Philadelphia Flyers.  40-17-7, 3.02 GAA, .899 Save Percentage, 13.8 GPS. 

This season, Pelle Lindberg became the first non-North American to win the Vezina Trophy.  The Swedish Goalie would lead the NHL in Wins (40), and Goalie Point Shares (13.8), and he would have a GAA of 3.02.  Lindberg would also take the Flyers to the Stanley Cup where they lost to the Edmonton Oilers.  Sadly, he died on November 10, 1986 when he lost control of his Porsche, thus cutting his career short.  

Eligible since 1989.   Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1986:  John Vanbiesbrouck, New York Rangers.  31-21-5, 3.33 GAA, .887 Save Percentage, 10.0 GPS. 

Vanbiesbrouck would win his lone Vezina in his second full season in the NHL, and he would lead the league in Wins (31), and have a 3.33 GAA.  He would later earn a Second Team All-Star with the Florida Panthers, and he would also play for Philadelphia, New York (Islanders) and New Jersey.  He retired in 2002, with a record of 374-346-119 and a 2.98 GAA.  

Eligible since 2005.   Ranked #56 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1987:  Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers.  37-21-6, 3.01 GAA, .902 Save Percentage, 13.8 GPS. 

What a rookie year!  Hextall may not have won the Calder (he narrowly lost to Luc Robitaille), but he won the Vezina, leading the NHL in Wins (37), Save Percentage (.902) and Goalie Point Shares (13.8).  In that year’s playoff, he would take the Flyers to the Stanley Cup, and while they could not defeat the Edmonton Oilers, Hextall’s performance was so good, he would win the Conn Smythe.  Hextall played until 1999, mostly with Philadelphia, and he would have a career 2.98 GAA with a record of 296-214-69.  

Eligible since 1989.  Ranked #50 on Notinhalloffame.com.

1996:  Jim Carey, Washington Capitals.  35-24-9, 2.26 GAA, .906 Save Percentage, 9.0 GPS. 

While not as famous as Jim Carrey, Jim Carey became the first Washington Capital to win the Vezina Trophy.  The year before, the native of Massachusetts was second in Calder, and third in Vezina voting, and this season he had an NHL-leading nine Shutouts, with a GAA of 2.26 and 35 Wins.  His play fell off quickly, and he was traded to Boston the year after.  He was out of the NHL in 1999, before he turned 25.  Carey left the pro ranks with a record of 79-65-16.  

Eligible since 2002.   Unranked on Notinalloffame.com.

2000:  Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals.  41-20-11, 2.24 GAA, .917 Save Percentage, 14.6 GPS. 

Born in South Africa to German parents (though raised mostly in Canada), Olaf Kolzig may likely be the only African born hockey player to win the Vezina…maybe ever.  “Olie the Goalie” debuted in the NHL for the Washington Capitals in 1990, and by the 1997-98 season, he was their main goalie.  This season, he would lead the NHL in Goalie Point Shares (14.6), and would win 41 Games with a GAA of 2.24.  All of those stats would be his career-bests.  Kolzig played until 2009, with all but his last year being played in Washington.  He retired with a record of 303-297-87.  

Eligible since 2012.   Ranked #132 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2002:  Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens.   30-24-10, 2.11 GAA, .931 Save Percentage, 17.4 GPS.

Another Montreal Canadian winning the Vezina?  But, of course!  Jose Theodore won the Hart Trophy and the Vezina this year, though he would not be a First Team All-Star, as Patrick Roy nabbed that one.  Theodore would have to settle for the Second Team All-Star, which makes him the only Vezina Trophy winner to also win the Hart, who was not a First Team All-Star. This year, Theodore led the NHL in Save Percentage (.931), and Goalie Point Shares (17.4), and had a sparkling GAA of 2.11.  He played until 2013, and would also don the pads for Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and Florida.  

Eligible since 2016.   Ranked #186 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2006:  Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames.  42-20-11, 2.07 GAA, .923 Save Percentage, 16.2 GPS.

Miikka Kiprusoff became the first Goalie from Finland to win the Vezina, and he was also the first Flame to win the award.  This season, Kiprusoff was also a First Team All-Star, a William M. Jennings Trophy recipient, and he would lead the NHL in Goals Against Average (2.07), which was also the second straight year he would win that statistical title.  The Finnish Goalie also was first in Shutouts (10), and had a Save Percentage of .923.  Kiprusoff played until 2013, retiring with a record of 305-192-68.

Eligible since 2016.   Ranked #172 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2009:  Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins.  42-20-11, 2.07 GAA, .933 Save Percentage, 14.7 GPS.

Tim Thomas was 34 when he won his first Vezina, and the American Goalie would lead the NHL in Save Percentage (.933) and GAA (2.10), and he was also win the William M. Jennings Trophy. He would also have 36 Wins and 14.7 Goalie Point Shares.  

Eligible since 2017.   Ranked #74 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2011 (2):  Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins.  35-11-9, 2.00 GAA, .938 Save Percentage, 16.2 GPS.

Thomas would take the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup win in 2011, where he also won the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP.  The Goalie, who also was a First Team All-Star for a second time, would win his second GAA Title (2.00), and he was also the leader in Save Percentage for the second time (.938).   Age caught up to Thomas, who quickly declined and was out of the NHL two years later.  He had a lifetime record of 196-121-45.

Eligible since 2017.   Ranked #74 on Notinhalloffame.com.

The following are the players who have won the Vezina Trophy in the NHL who have retired but have not met the mandatory years out of the game to qualify for the Hockey Hall of Fame:

2010:  Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres.   41-18-8, 2.22 GAA,  .929 Save Percentage, 16.8 GPS

From the United States, Ryan Miller would win his only Vezina in 2010, where he would lead the NHL in Goalie Point Shares with a career-high 16.8.  Miller, who was also fourth in Hart Trophy voting, would have a 2.22 GAA with a record of 41-18-8.  He never had a year like this again, but he was a starting Goalie for years to come, and would later play for St. Louis, Vancouver and Anaheim.  He had a record of 284-186-57.

Eligible in 2024.

2012.  Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers.  39-18-5, 1.97 GAA,  .930 Save Percentage, 14.1 GPS

Henrik Lundqvist became the second goalie from Sweden to win the Vezina.  He debuted in the NHL with the Rangers in 2005, and from that season until this one, he finished in the top six in Vezina Trophy voting.  This was the season that he finally won it, and was also a First Team All-Star and second runner-up for the Hart.  He would have a record of 39-18-5 and a GAA of 1.97.  Lundqvist played his entire career with the Rangers, and though he never won a second Vezina, he had a ten-year streak of top ten finishes.  Overall, Lundqvist had a record of 459-310-96.

Eligible in 2023.  Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2014:  Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins.  36-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 Save Percentage, 13.1 Goalie Point Shares.

Tuukka Rask debuted for the Boston Bruins in the 2007-08 season and was the main Goalie for the team two years later.  A Stanley Cup Champion in 2011, Rask won the Vezina this year with 36 Wins with a 2.04 GAA.  Rask would not win a second Vezina, but he was second in 2020, and won the William M. Jennings Trophy that year.  He retired early in the 2021-22 Season, with a record of 308-165-66.

Eligible in 2025.

2018:  Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators.  42-13-4, 2.31 GAA, .927 Save Percentage, 13.2 Goalie Point Shares.

From Finland, Pekka Rinne was a Second Team All-Star in 2011, and he would backstop the Predators to their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2017.  The following year, he would win the Vezina with a record of 42-13-4 with a 2.31 GAA, and an NHL leading eight Shutouts.  Rinne would play his entire career for Nashville, retiring after the 2020-21 Season with a record of 369-213-75.

Eligible in 2024.

The following are the players who have won the Vezina Trophy who are still active.

2013:  Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets.   21-11-11, 2.00 GAA, .932 Save Percentage, 9.2 Goalie Point Shares.

Sergei Bobrovsky became the first Russian and the first Blue Jacket to win the Vezina in 2013.  This was his first year in Ohio after two seasons in Philadelphia, and he would have a record of 21-11-6 with a GAA of 2.00.  Bobrovsky was also fifth in Hart Trophy voting this season.  

34 Years Old, Playing for the Florida Panthers.

2015:  Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens.  44-16-6, 1.96 GAA, .933 Save Percentage, 16.2 Goalie Point Shares.

Carey Price added to the legacy of spectacular goalies for Montreal.  Price would lead the NHL in Wins (44), Save Percentage (.933), GAA (1.96), and Goalie Point Shares (16.2).  He would also collect a lot more gold this year, as he was named a First Team All-Star, the Hart Trophy winner, and also the Ted Lindsay Award.  

35 Years Old, Playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

2016.  Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals.  48-9-7, 2.20 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 12.1 Goalie Point Shares.

Braden Holtby debuted in the NHL for Washington in the 2010-11 season, and he was the main goalie in D.C. two years later. Holtby would finish fourth in Hart Trophy voting in his Vezina Trophy winning year, while leading the NHL in Wins with 48.  He would be a Second Team All-Star and William M. Jennings Trophy winner the year after, and in the season after that, he won the Stanley Cup.  

33 Years Old, Playing for the Dallas Stars.

2017 (2):  Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets.  41-17-5, 2.06 GAA, .931 Save Percentage, 14.9 Goalie Point Shares.

Bobrovsky would win his second Vezina this year, while also finishing third for the Hart Trophy.  He would lead the NHL in Save Percentage (.931), Goals Against Average (2.06), and Goalie Point Shares (14.9), while also winning 41 Games.  

34 Years Old, Playing for the Florida Panthers.

2019:  Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning.  39-10-4, 2.40 GAA, .925 Save Percentage, 12.4 Goalie Point Shares.

Vasilevskiy led the NHL in Wins (44) and Shutouts (8) in 2017-18, and this season he had a league-leading 39 Wins with a 2.40 GAA, and a First Team All-Star Selection.  The Lightning goalie from Russia helped Tampa win the Presidents Trophy that year, although they would be swept in the opening round.  Tampa would, however, win the next two Cups with Vasilevskiy in net.  

28 Years Old, Playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2020:  Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets.  31-21-5, 2.57 GAA, .922 Save Percentage, 12.5 Goalie Point Shares.

Hellebuyck brought Winnipeg their first Vezina, and the American was also a post-season All-Star for the second time, having been a Second Team Selection two years before.  The iron man led the NHL in Saves (1,656), the second time in a four-year stretch.  Hellebuyck was also sixth in Hart voting this year.

29 Years Old, Playing for the Winnipeg Jets.

2021:  Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights.  26-10-0, 1.98 GAA, .928 Save Percentage, 8.0 Goalie Point Shares.

It did not take long for Vegas to have their first Vezina winner, and it came in Fleury, who already was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Pittsburgh.  This year, Fleury was also a Second Team All-Star, and was won the William M. Jennings Trophy.

38 Years Old, Playing for the Minnesota Wild.

2022:  Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers.  36-13-4, 2.07 GAA, .935 Save Percentage, 13.6 Goalie Point Shares.

Shesterkin was in his third NHL year, and it was a breakout campaign where he led the NHL in GAA (2.07), Save Percentage (.935) and was third in Hart voting.

27 Years Old, Playing for the New York Rangers.

Moving forward, we expect that the percentage will increase, as there were Vezina winners in the era that allowed multiple winners who will never sniff the Hall. 

There is no greater individual award in professional hockey than the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the player who is named the MVP of the NHL’s regular season.  It is also among the most tenured accolades of the sport, having first been awarded in 1924.  Its origin came from David Hart, the father of Montreal Canadiens’ Head Coach, Cecil Hart, who donated it to the NHL before the 1923/24 Season.

It is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. ` The original trophy was donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, with the new version being renamed the Hart Memorial Trophy from the Hart Trophy.  

As of this writing, it is safe to say that there are few individual honors that reflect a Hall of Fame path safer than the Hart.

The results are as follows:

There are currently 47 former Hart Trophy winners who are Hockey Hall of Fame eligible with 44 entering, yielding a percentage of 93.6.  

If we go by yearly winners, we have Hart winners from 80 different seasons that are Hall eligible, with 77 enshrined, a percentage of 96.3.

The following are the past players who have won Hart Memorial Trophy who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined.

1924: Frank Nighbor, Ottawa Senators, Center: 11 G, 6 A, 18 P, 3.3 PS       

The first Hart Trophy goes to the Ottawa Senators with Frank Nighbor, who prior to the win had led the Sens to two Stanley Cup victories.  Nighbor would be a one-time winner of the prestigious Hart, but he won the Lady Byng Trophy the next two seasons, and was third in voting in 1925-26.  The following year, Nighbor hoisted the Cup again. The Center’s last NHL Game was in 1930 after finishing up with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he would have 237 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1925: Billy Burch, Hamilton Tigers, Centre: 20 G, 6 A, 26 P, 5.9 PS  

In what turned out to be the last year of existence for the Hamilton Tigers, Billy Burch won the only Hart Trophy in franchise history following a 20 Goal year.  Burch and the rest of the Tigers were upset that year that they were not compensated for the expanded season (24 Games to 30), and they demanded $200 compensation or they would not participate in the playoffs.  They did not get it, and the Tigers were disqualified.  The team basically folded, but the players were sold to a New York group forming the Americans.  Burch was heavily marketed in NYC, as he was born in Yonkers (but was raised in Canada), and he won the Lady Byng in 1927.  Burch would later play for Boston and Chicago and scored 196 total Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.

1926: Nels Stewart, Montreal Maroons, Centre: 34 G, 8 A, 42 P, 11.8 PS     

Perhaps because the team in which he did this is now defunct (the Montreal Maroons) the rookie year of Nels Stewart is not nearly as celebrated as it should be.  Winning the Hart in his rookie year, Stewart became the first player to do so, and he also was atop the NHL leaderboard in Goals (34) and Points (26).  He capped off this spectacular regular season by leading the Maroons to the Stanley Cup that year.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1952.

1927: Herb Gardiner, Montreal Canadiens, Defense: 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 7.7 PS  

The Montreal Canadiens first Hart Trophy winner also was the first Defenseman to win this award.  Gardiner was technically a rookie, as he was playing in the Western Canada Hockey League for many years with the Calgary Tigers, and at age 35, he is one of the oldest players to win the Hart.  Gardiner only played a few more years in the NHL before finishing his playing career in the American Hockey League.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958.

1928: Howie Morenz, Montreal Canadiens, Centre: 33 G, 18 A, 51 P, 15.9 PS        

Morenz was in his fifth season in the NHL (all with the Habs), and he had already won the Stanley Cup as a rookie, and was the Hart runner-up in 1924-25.  This season, Morenz was also third in Lady Byng voting, and he was the NHL-leader in Goals (33), Assists (18), Points and (Point Shares (15.9).  Morenz’ 15.9 Point Shares was the most by any Hart winner until Bobby Orr in 1970.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958.

1929: Roy Worters, New York Americans, Goalie: 16-12-10 Record 1.15 GAA, 8.2 GPS 1929   

Roy Worters played his first three years in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he was one of many players that the soon to fold Pirates sold due to financial problems.  Worters, who was the runner-up for the Hart the year before, won the Hart in his first season as a New York American and would have a career-best 1.15 GAA.  Worters would later win a Vezina and was a two-time Second Team All-Star.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

1930 (2): Nels Stewart, Montreal Maroons, Centre: 39 G, 16 A, 55 P, 10.1 PS 

Following his rookie year and Hart win, Stewart remained a top NHL Center, but he was not posting the same type of numbers.  This was not the case in the 1929-30 season, where he had what was a career-high 39 Goals.  Stewart was fifth in Hart voting the year after.  Stewart was bever in Hart consideration again, but he did lead the NHL in Goals again in 1936-37, a season split between the Boston Bruins and New York Americans.  Stewart’s NHL career ended in 1940, and he had 515 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1952.

1931 (2): Howie Morenz, Montreal Canadiens, Centre: 28 G, 23 A, 51 P, 10.5 PS 

In between his first and second Hart win, Morenz had a 40 Goal year (1929-30) and was seventh in Hart Voting.  Last season and this season, he led Montreal to a Stanley Cup Title, and he was named a First Team All-Star, the first time that this accolade was awarded.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.

1932 (3): Howie Morenz, Montreal Canadiens, Centre: 24 G, 25 A, 49 P, 8.2 PS 

Morenz became the first man to win the Hart for the third time, and this would be his last.  Named a First Team All-Star this year, Morenz was a Second Team All-Star the year after, and he later played for Chicago and the New York Rangers before returning to Montreal in 1936.  He only played 30 Games in his return as he broke his leg, only to die from complications from blood clots.  Morenz scored 476 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.

1933: Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins, Defense: 8 G, 27 A, 35 P, 9.8 PS   

A Stanley Cup Champion with the Bruins in 1929, Shore was third in Hart voting in both 1927-28 and 1928-29 and was second in 1930-31.  This season, Shore was a First Team All-Star for the third year in a row.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1934: Aurele Joliat, Boston Bruins, Left Wing: 21 G, 15 A, 36 P, 6.5 PS  

This was Joliat’s 12th year in the NHL, and he would play his entire 16 seasons with the Canadiens.  The Left Wing had previously won three Stanley Cups, and was a Second Team All-Star this season as he was two years before.  The season before that, he was a First Team All-Star for what would be the only time.  After his Hart win, Joliat was a Second Team All-Star and he was fifth in Hart voting.  Joliat played until 1938, and he finished his NHL career with 463 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1935 (2): Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins, Defense: 7 G, 26 A, 33 P, 7.7 PS 

Shore was a First Team All-Star for the fourth time and he was a Second Team All-Star the season before.  This would mark the first time a Defenseman repeated as the Hart trophy winner.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1936 (3): Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins, Defense: 3 G, 16 A, 19 P, 6.8 PS 

Shore became the first Defenseman to win three Harts, this was his first back-to-back win.  Shore was a First Team All-Star for the fifth time.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1937: Babe Siebert, Montreal Canadiens, Left Wing/Defense: 8 G, 20 A, 28 P, 3.1 PS 

This was the twelfth of fourteen NHL Seasons for the versatile Siebert, who was the first player to win the Hart while playing two positions (Left Wing and Defense).  Siebert was a First Team All-Star as a Boston Bruin the year before, and this was his second of three straight such honors.  Siebert, who had previously won two Stanley Cups (one with the Montreal Maroons and the other with the Rangers), was the second runner-up for the Hart the season after.  Siebert had one more NHL season, and he totaled 294 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1938 (4): Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins, Defense: 3 G, 14 A, 17 P, 6.3 PS 

Shore’s win made him the first player to win the Hart Trophy four times, and this was the third season where he led the NHL in Defensive Point Shares.  Shore, who was a First Team All-Star for the sixth time, captured that honor again the following year where he was fifth in Hart voting and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.  Finishing his NHL career with a brief stint with the New York Americans, Shore had 284 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

1939: Toe Blake, Montreal Canadiens, Left Wing: 24 G, 23 A, 47 P, 5.7 PS   

The Montreal Canadiens became the first team to have five different Hart Trophy winners, with Toe Blake’s lone win in 1939. The Left Wing played his first year with the cross-town Maroons before joining the Canadiens in 1935-36.  In 1937-38, Blake was a Second Team All-Star, and he won the Hart the year after where he led the NHL in scoring (47) and earned the first of what would be three First Team All-Stars.  Blake would later earn another Second Team All-Star and won a Lady Byng the same year.  Blake’s NHL playing career ended in 1948, and he scored 529 Points and won three Stanley Cups as a player.  He would later become the Head Coach of the Habs where he led them to eight more Cups.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1940: Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit Red Wings, Defense: 11 G, 18 A, 29 P, 6.1 PS 

Goodfellow became the first Red Wing to win the Hart, and the career-Red Wing accomplished this in his eleventh of what would be 14 NHL seasons.  The blueliner was a First Team All-Star for the second (and last) time, and he would score 326 career Points and win two Stanley Cups.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.

1941:  Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins, Center: 17 G, 47 A, 64 P, 7.4 PS      

Bill Cowley broke in with the St, Louis Eagles as a rookie, but that was the last year of existence for the Eagles, and Cowley was taken by the Boston Bruins in the Dispersal Draft.  Cowley’s skills improved as a Bruin and in 1938-39, he was a First Team All-Star, led the NHL in Assists, and led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup win.  This year, Cowley was again a First Team All-Star, and was first in Assists (47) and Points (64).  Cowley again took Boston to a Championship this year.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.

1943 (2): Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins, Center: 27 G, 48 A, 72 P, 6.3 PS 

World War II took away a lot of the NHL talent, but Cowley was not one of them.  This season, Cowley won his third Assists title, was a First Team All-Star for the third time and he led the NHL in Power Play (9) and Game-Winning (6) Goals.  Cowley was a First Team All-Star the next two seasons, with him finishing second in Hart voting (1943-44).  Cowley was in the NHL until 1947, finishing up with the Bruins and he had 549 career Points in the same amount of Games.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.

1944:  Babe Pratt, Toronto Maple Leafs, Defense: 17 G, 41 A, 58 P 8.7 PS    

Babe Pratt played his first seven years in the NHL with the New York Rangers, where the Defenseman won a Stanley Cup in 1940. Pratt was traded to the Maple Leafs during the 1942-43 season, and in the World War II depleted NHL, he had his best year ever winning the Hart and earning a First Team All-Star nod.  Pratt was a Second Team All-Star in 1945 and he helped anchor Toronto win the Stanley Cup.  He only played two more years in the NHL, the last as a Boston Bruin and he had 293 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1945: Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens, Center: 26 G, 45 A, 80 P 7.7 PS     

This was the fifth season of Lach’s 14-year career, all of which was as a Montreal Canadian.  Lach’s Hart Trophy coincide with him leading the NHL in Assists and Points, and the year was sandwiched in between Second Team All-Star and Stanley Cup wins.  Lach would win two more Assists Titles, an Art Ross, two First Team All-Stars and another Stanley Cup before he retired in 1954.  He would score 623 Points over his career.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1946:  Max Bentley, Chicago Blackhawks, Center: 31 G, 30 A, 67 P 6.7 PS    

It took until this year for a member of the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Hart, which certainly reflects the lack of success Chicago had up to this time.  Bentley was in his fourth NHL season, and he was coming off a Lady Byng win.  This season, Bentley led the NHL in scoring (61) and Power Play Goals (10), and he was a First Team All-Star for the first and only time.  Bentley was a Second Team the year after, and he would later win three Stanley Cups as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1947:  Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, Right Wing: 31 G, 30 A, 67 P 6.7 PS 

We have another Hab who won the Hart, but for many, this is THE HAB.  Richard practically owned the Province of Quebec and he had already set the 50 Goal in 50 Games mark in 1944-45, as the game’s first 50 Goal Scorer.  He had also already led Montreal to two Stanley Cups, and he was the runner-up for the Hart in that 1944-45 campaign.  This season, Richard led the NHL in Goals again (43), and was a First Team All-Star.  While Richard never won another Hart (really?), from the 1943-44 Season to the 1956-57 Season, he was either a First Team or Second Team All-Star.  He was second in Hart voting twice, was third three times, and he was a four-time Goal Scoring leader.  Richard also won six more Stanley Cups, giving him eight in total and he amassed 544 Goals over his career, which was spent entirely with the Canadiens. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

1948:  Buddy O’Connor, New York Rangers, Center: 24 G, 36 A, 60 P 6.3 PS 

Buddy O’Connor played for Montreal in the six years before where he helped them win two Stanley Cups.  1947-48 was the first season for O’Connor in New York who was traded there in the summer, and he put forth the best year of his life.  He posted career highs in Goals (24), Assists (36) and Points (60), and O’Connor. 

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1949:  Sid Abel, Detroit Red Wings, Center: 28 G, 26 A, 54 P, 7.3 PS   

Abel made his NHL debut in the 1938-39 and in 1941-42, he was named a Second Team All-Star.  The Center helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup the following season, and Abel missed the next two years due to World War II.  Abel returned in 1946, and in his Hart Trophy winning year, he was named a First Team All-Star while leading the NHL in Goals (28) and Power Play Goals (8).  Abel followed that with a second straight First Team All-Pro, a fourth-place finish in Hart voting and helped Detroit win the Cup.  Abel won a third Cup in 1952, and played two final NHL seasons with Chicago, concluding a career with 472 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

1950:  Chuck Rayner, New York Rangers, Goalie: 28-30-11, 12.3 PS      

Chuck Rayner debuted for the New York Americans in 1940, and when the renamed Brooklyn Americans folded, Rayner left the NHL to serve Canada in World War II.  Rayner returned in 1945 as a New York Ranger, but like the Americans with whom he played before, the Rangers were not particularly good.  The Goalie had a three-year streak from 1948-49 to 1950-51, and his Hart win was in the center year of that run.  A knee injury ended his NHL run in 1953, and he while his record was a losing one (138-197-78), he kept many bad teams competitive.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.

1951:  Milt Schmidt, Boston Bruins, Center: 22 G, 39 A, 61 P, 7.0 PS  

Playing his entire career with the Boston Bruins, Schmidt debuted in 1936, and would win the scoring title in 1939-40.  Before his Hart win, Schmidt was named a First Team All-Star twice (1940 & 1947) and won two Stanley Cups and had three top five Hart finishes.  In his Hart Trophy win, Schmidt was a First Team All-Star, which he followed by a Second Team All-Star with a fourth place Hart finish.  Schmidt played three more seasons in the NHL, and would have 575 career Points

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

1952:  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 47 G, 39 A, 86 P, 13.1 PS       

This was the sixth NHL season for the legendary Gordie Howe, who had already won a Stanley Cup two years earlier. The Right Wing was a Second Team All-Star in both the 1948-49 and 1949-50 Seasons, the latter of which seeing him win his first Stanley Cup.  Howe was a First Team All-Star the year before, and this was his second one.  Howe was also on his second straight Art Ross Trophy win this year and would take Detroit to another Stanley Cup Title.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1953 (2):  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 49 G, 46 A, 95 P, 15.5 PS  

Following Howe’s first Hart Trophy win, the Right Wing won his third straight Art Ross, and in this year, Howe had a career high in Points with 95.  Howe was also on his third straight First Team All-Star and would win the scoring title the year after.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1954:  Ted Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs, Center: 10 G, 42 A, 52 P, 5.3 PS  

Playing his entire career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ted Kenendy was in his 13th of what would be 14 NHL Seasons.  Prior to this year, Kennedy was a five-time Stanley Cup Champion, three-time Second Team All-Star, and he led the NHL in Assists in 1950-51.  Kennedy was a surprise winner for the Hart this year and with all due respect to Kennedy, this award was more the result of a “lifetime achievement award”, as statistically speaking there were better candidates.  Kennedy was also the first Hart winner in the era of post-season All-Star awards not to be named to either a First or Second Team.  He retired after the Hart win, but did briefly come back the year after only to retire again.  Kennedy left the sport with 560 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

1956:  Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens, Center: 47 G, 41 A, 88 P, 13.0 PS        

The year before, Jean Beliveau established himself as a star, winning a First Team All-Star spot.  This season, the Center did it again, also capturing the Art Ross Trophy with 88 Points and leading the NHL in Goals (47).  In Beliveau’s first Hart Trophy win, he would win the first of what would be ten Stanley Cups.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1957 (3):  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 44 G, 45 A, 89 P, 11.8 PS  

In between his second and third Hart Trophy, Howe led the Red Wings to two Stanley Cup Championships.  The man who was half-scorer and half/bruiser also had another First and Second Team All-Star in his resume, and this year he secured his fifth First Team All-Star.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1958 (4):  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 33 G, 44 A, 77 P, 8.8 PS  

Howe made history in the NHL as the first player regardless of position to be a four-time Hart Trophy winner.  This also coincided with his sixth First Team All-Star Selection.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1959:  Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers, Right Wing: 40 G, 48 A, 88 P, 9.9 PS      

Bathgate was in his seventh NHL campaign, which up until this time had all been with the New York Rangers.  Bathgate was a Second Team All-Star the year before and was also the runner-up for the Hart.  This season he was a First Team All-Star, and his 88 Points would be a career-high. Bathgate was again a First Team All-Star in 1962, and a Second Team All-Star in 1963, but he was traded the year after to Toronto where he won his first and only Stanley Cup.  Bathgate later played for Detroit and Pittsburgh, and a brief return in Vancouver of the WHA.  Overall, Bathgate scored 973 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1960 (5):  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 28 G, 45 A, 73 P, 7.4 PS  

Who better than Gordie Howe to become the first Hart Trophy winner of the 1960s?  Howe was a Second Team All-Star in between his fourth and fifth Hart win, and he was the first player to be a five-time Hart Trophy winner.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1961:  Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens, Right Wing: 50 G, 45 A, 95 P, 11.6 PS       

Bernie Geoffrion won the Calder Trophy in 1952, and he was a Second Team All-Star and Art Ross winner in 1954-55.  The Right Wing had to wait four more years before he was a post-season All-Star (Second Team in 1959-60), and this season he was finally a First Team All-Star, winning his second Art Ross and first and only Hart. Geoffrion also led the NHL in Goals (50), the second team he accomplished that feat.  A six-time Stanley Cup winner, Geoffrion played until 1968, with his last two years playing for the New York Rangers. Geoffrion scored 822 Points over 883 Games.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1962:  Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens, Goalie: 42-12-14 Record, 2.37 GAA, 15.6 PS        

Jacques Plante made history as the first Goalie in history to wear a facemask but this player was more than just a man who had a footnote in hockey history.  Plante was in his tenth season in Montreal where he won his sixth Vezina Trophy, and this was his third First Team All-Star win.  Already a six-time Stanley Cup Champion, Plante tied his career-high 42 Wins, and he won his sixth GAA Titles (2.37).  His 15.6 Goalie Point Shares, also tied his previous best. Plante played one more year with Montreal and two more with the Rangers for two years before he retired in 1965. Three years later, he came out of retirement with the St. Louis Blues where he won another Vezina.  He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1971, where at age 42, he was a Second Team All-Star.  Plante finished off his career with stints with Boston and Edmonton in the WHA.  He had 437 career Games.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

1963 (6):  Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing: 38 G, 48 A, 86 P, 9.5 PS  

In what would be the sixth and final Hart trophy win for Gordie Howe, the legend secured had a pair of Second Team All-Star Selections in between his fifth and sixth win.  Howe won the Art Ross for the final time in his career and he would later be named a First Team All Star four more times and a Second Team All-Star three more times.  Following his last Hart win, Howe had five more Hart Trophy top-five finishes.  He retired in 1971, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall the year after, but he would join his sons later in the World Hockey Association, where the HOFer was twice and WHA First Team All-Star.  Howe’s last year happened in 1980 when his Hartford Whalers were now in the NHL.  

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1964 (2):  Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens, Center: 28 G, 50 A, 78 P, 8.7 PS  

In between Beliveau’s first and second Hart win, the Center would be named to four more First Team All-Stars, a Second Team All-Star and would help lead Montreal to four more Stanley Cups.  This season, Beliveau was a Second Team All-Star (Stan Mikita was the First Team Center), and even though he was getting older (32), he had a lot left to offer.  He played until 1971, winning five more Stanley Cups, earning two more Second Team All-Star selections, and won the Conn Smythe in 1965.  Beliveau played his entire career with Montreal and scored 1,219 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1965:  Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks, Left Wing: 39 G, 32 A, 71 P, 9.0 PS           

The “Golden Jet” had better seasons before he won his first Hart Trophy, but this doesn’t take away from what was another good year by Bobby Hull.  Prior to this win, Hull led the NHL in Goals three times, won the Art Ross twice, and this was his fourth First Team All-Star Selection. Hill also won the Lady Byng this year for the first and only time in his career.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1966 (2):  Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks, Left Wing: 54 G, 43 A, 97 P, 10.6 PS  

Hull went to back-to-back in Hart Trophy wins, and he would again lead the NHL in Goals (54) and won his third and final Art Ross with a 97 Point year.  Hull was a First Team All-Star again, and he would be a ten-time First Team All-Star overall.  Hull also finished in the top five in Hart voting five other times.  In 1972, Hull stunned the hockey world when he signed with the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, and he was a three-time First Team All-Star in that league.  He was still with the Jets when they merged with the NHL, and he finished off that year with a brief stint as a Hartford Whaler.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1967:  Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks, Center: 35 G, 62 A, 97 P, 10.2 PS            

Stan Mikita helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961 and this was his ninth year of what would be a 22-year run in hockey. Mikita had already been a First Team All-Star four times, and an Art Ross winner twice, and he repeated both of those honors while adding the Lady Byng.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1968 (2):  Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks, Center: 40 G, 47 A, 87 P, 10.0 PS  

Like he did the year before, Mikita won the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng, marking the first time that a player did that back-to-back.  This was the last season that Mikita was named a First Team All-Star, but he would be a Second Team All-Star in 1970.  Mikita played until 1980 in a career spent entirely with Chicago accumulating 1,467 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

1969:  Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, Center: 49 G, 77 A, 126 P, 15.1 PS  

Phil Esposito’s 1968-69 season gave fits to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Why? Because they traded away the first man to score 100 Points in the NHL two years before.  Esposito did not just become the first player to get three digits, he shattered it with 126 Points!  He set a then record in Assists (77), and he also led the NHL in Plus/Minus (55).  Esposito was a Second Team All-Star the year before, was a First Team All-Star this season, and he added the Art Ross to that trophy case.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

1970:  Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins, Defense: 33 G, 87 A, 120 P, 19.5 PS  

There have been Defenseman who won the Hart before Bobby Orr, but none of them revolutionized the position.  We will go one step further.  Orr rewrote the game of hockey.  In his fourth pro year, Orr won his third Norris Trophy, and he was the first Defenseman to score 100 Points, and the first to win the Art Ross.  He would lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup win, while also being named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoff MVP.  As spectacular as this year was, the best was yet to come.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

1971 (2):  Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins, Defense: 37 G, 102 A, 139 P, 22.8 PS  

Bobby Orr and the Bruins did not repeat as Stanley Cup champions, nor did he win the Art Ross, despite having 139 Points, a career-high, and the all-time record for a Defenseman.  What he did do was become the first player to have over 100 Assists (102), and he remains one of two players to do so (the other is Wayne Gretzky). Orr also became the first player to have at least 100 in Plus/Minus, and his +124 is the best all-time.  He would also set another record with 22.8 Point Shares, again making him the first player to have 20 in that category and it is also a number that has yet to be matched.  The more we look at this year, the more our jaws drop to the floor.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

1972 (3):  Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins, Defense: 37 G, 80 A, 117 P, 20.1 PS  

Orr pulled the “three-peat” with the Hart, and of course, he won the Norris Trophy. This was also the third year for Orr where he led the NHL in Assists, and he would do so again in 1973-74 and 1974-75. Orr led the Bruins to another Stanley Cup, where he also grabbed his second Conn Smythe.  Over the next three seasons, Orr won his sixth, seventh and eighth Norris Trophy, and he was third for the Hart in all of those years.  He would win his second Art Ross trophy in 1974-75, and to date he was the first, last and only blueliner to win that honor.  A knee injury derailed his career, and he only scored 55 Points over his final three years in hockey, the latter two being in a Blackhawks uniform.  He was fast-tracked into the Hall, and there will never be another Defenseman like him again.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

1973:  Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers, Center: 37 G, 67 A, 104 P, 10.3 PS        

For the first time, an expansion team had a player win the Hart when Bobby Clarke took it for the first of three times.  The Center, who had won the Bill Masterton Award the year before, was the Second Team All-Star behind Phil Esposito, but bested the Bruin as much of Philadelphia’s success this season was led by Clarke, but the best was coming for Philadelphia and the “Broad Street Bullies”

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

1974 (2):  Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, Center: 68 G, 77 A, 145 P, 17.0 PS  

This was Esposito’s second Hart Trophy and had it not been for his teammate, Bobby Orr, he would have easily won at least another. In between his two Hart wins, Esposito won two Stanley Cups, three Art Ross Trophies and he set what seemed at the time to be an unreachable mark of 76 Goals in a season.  That year was arguably better than this year, where Esposito won his fifth Art Ross Trophy, was a First Team All-Star for the sixth time, and was also the winner of the Lester B. Pearson.  Esposito was also the NHL’s Goal leader for the sixth consecutive season, and this was also the fifth straight year a Bruin won the Hart.  The charismatic Center was a Second Team All-Star the year after, and he was then traded to the New York Rangers where he played until he retired in 1981.  Esposito accumulated 717 Goals and 1,590 Points over his career.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

1975 (2):  Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers, Center: 27 G, 89 A, 116 P, 11.2 PS  

In between Clarke’s first and second Hart win, Clarke was a Second Team All-Star, but more importantly his Philadelphia Flyers made history as the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Clarke would take them to a second Cup this year, while earning First Team All-Star accolades for the first time. The man with the most famous missing front teeth led the NHL in Assists for the first time with 89.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

1976 (3):  Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers, Center: 30 G, 89 A, 119 P, 11.7 PS  

The Flyers did not win a third Stanley Cup, but Clarke repeated many of his regular season honors from the season before. The Center was a First Team All-Star, again led the NHL in Assists with 89, and he had a career-high in points with 119. Also, for the first time, he was first in the league in Plus/Minus with +83.  Clarke was the runner-up for the Hart the year after, and he played the entirety of his career with Philadelphia, retiring in 1984 with 1,210 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

1977:  Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens, Right Wing: 56 G, 80 A, 136 P, 15.7 PS  

The Montreal Canadiens was in year two of their four-year dynasty in winning Stanley Cups, and it was Gut Lafleur who was their offensive leader.  Lafleur, who also won his second straight Lester B. Pearson Award, captured his second Art Ross and third First Team All-Star Selection.  This would be the only season where he won the Conn Smythe as well as leading the league in Assists (80).

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1978 (2): Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens, Right Wing: 60 G, 72 A, 132 P, 15.8 PS  

Lafleur was named a First Team All-Star for the fourth of what would be six straight selections, and would also mark his third and final Art Ross and Lester B. Pearson Award.  The Right Wing played with Montreal until he was forced to retire in the 1984-85 Season.  After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, he came out of retirement for three seasons, one with the New York Rangers and two with Quebec.  He would retire for good in 1991, leaving the NHL with 1,353 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1979:  Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders, Center: 47 G, 87 A, 134 P, 13.6 PS      

Bryan Trottier became the first player in Islanders history to win the Hart Trophy, and you could say it was the siren of what was to come for the franchise.  Winning the Calder three years before, Trottier was a First Team All-Star for the second straight year, though this would be the last time he would be one. Nevertheless, Trottier would help lead the Islanders to the four Stanley Cups (1980-83) and was a Second Team All-Star twice.  Trottier would later aid the Pittsburgh Penguins win their first two Stanley Cups. He would have 1,425 career Points in the NHL.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

1980:  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 51 G, 86 A, 137 P, 12.6 PS          

Buckle up.  This is going to take a while as we begin to look at the most prolific Hart Trophy winner ever, Wayne Gretzky.  Along with three other WHA teams, the Edmonton Oilers joined the NHL, and with them was Wayne Gretzky, who had only played one year of professional hockey but was already “The Great One”.  In his first NHL year, Gretzky led the NHL in Assists (86) and was a Second Team All-Star behind Marcel Dionne, who beat him for the Art Ross (they tied in Points, but Dionne had more Goals).  Gretzky also won the Lady Byng this year.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1981 (2):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 51 G, 86 A, 137 P, 14.3 PS  

Gretzky might have had stiff competition in Marcel Dionne for the Hart in 1980, but this year he erased all doubt.  The Center built on his numbers from the previous year, and he became the second player to accumulate over 100 Assists, with 109, a new record.  He missed out on the Art Ross last year, but not this season, winning his first, and along with it, his first First Team All-Star Selection.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1982 (3):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 92 G, 120 A, 212 P, 19.7 PS  

92 Goals.  When Phil Esposito lit the lamp 76 times, that record seemed unbreakable, but this year, Gretzky had 92 Goals and hit the 50 Goal mark after only 39 Games! Not only the Gretzky set new records in Goal scoring, he broke his own Assists mark (120), and broke the 200 Point plain with his personal best 212.  Gretzky also for the first time was the NHL leader in Plus/Minus (+80).  This was Gretzky’s second Art Ross and First Team All-Star, but for the first time he won the Lester B. Pearson Award, meaning his peers could no longer deny his talent.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1983 (4):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 71 G, 125 A, 196 P, 18.0 PS  

Gretzky was again an offensive juggernaut, and for the third year in a row, he broke the single-season Assists mark.  He repeated the awards he won last year, with an Art Ross, Lester B. Pearson and First Team All-Star, but this year he led the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup appearance.  They lost to the New York Islanders, but we knew was set to come.  Notably, Gretzky became the first player to win the Hart four years in a row.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1984 (5):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 87 G, 118 A, 205 P, 19.6 PS  

Imagine having a season where you score 87 Goals, 118 Assists and 205 Points, and none of those are personal highs.  Gretzky was just that good.  This was Gretzky’s fifth straight Hart (becoming the first to do have five straight), and he also won his fourth Art Ross and First Team All-Star, and he captured his third Lester B. Pearson Award.  The coup de gras for Gretzky was leading Edmonton to their first Stanley Cup win.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1985 (6):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 73 G, 135 A, 208 P, 19.6 PS  

Gretzky matched his idol’s (Gordie Howe) mark in Hart wins, but unlike Howe, Gretzky did it in six consecutive years.  This would be the fourth straight year the Gretzky led the NHL in Goals, and he also set a career-high in Plus/Minus with +100.  In regards to his trophy case, Gretzky repeated as the Art Ross winner, Lester B. Pearson winner and First Team All-Star, but this time he added a new award, the Conn Smythe Trophy, as the Oilers won their second Stanley Cup.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1986 (7):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 52 G, 163 A, 215 P, 17.0 PS  

Seven straight years.  Seven Hart Trophies.  A new record for obtaining Hockey’s greatest individual honor.  As what was typical for Gretzky, he set another record this season with the most Assists and Points in a season, and does it look like this record has any chance of being broken. Gretzky once again was a First Team All-Star and won the Art Ross again.  Sadly, for the Oilers, they were upset along the way in the playoff by the Calgary Flames.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1987 (8):  Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 62 G, 121 A, 183 P, 17.6 PS  

Gretzky did it again with an unprecedented eighth Hart Trophy, and he did so while collecting yet another First Team All-Star and Art Ross while leading the NHL in Goals for the fifth and final time.  Gretzky took the Oilers to their third Stanley Cup win, and he would also win the Lester B. Pearson for the fifth and final time.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1988:  Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 70 G, 98 A, 168 P, 16.2 PS  

How do you break an eight-year streak of Hart Trophies by a legend?  By inserting a legend.  Mario Lemieux brought the Pittsburgh Penguins their first Hart Trophy winner, and playing at Center, he did the unthinkable by unseating Gretzky as the First Team All-Star.  Lemieux led the NHL in Goals for the first time, and this year he also notched his first Art Ross and Lester B. Pearson Award.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

1989 (9):  Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings, Center: 54 G, 114 A, 168 P, 14.1 PS  

Gretzky did not win the Hart the year before, which turned out to be the last one in an Oilers uniform.  He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, and this was his first year playing in California, where in his ninth (and final) Hart, he also became the first player to win the Hart for two different teams.  This season, Gretzky was a Second Team All-Star (behind Mario Lemieux).  Gretzky went on to win three more Art Ross Trophies, one more First Team All-Star, four more Second Team All-Stars and four Lady Byngs.  After a brief stint with St. Louis in 1996 and three final years with the Rangers, Gretzky retired as the all-time leader in Goals (894), Assists (1,963) and Points (2,857).

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

1990:  Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 45 G, 84 A, 129 P, 11.3 PS  

The Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, which meant that Mark Messier would become the Oilers’ leader. Messier did what Gretzky couldn’t without the other…win the Stanley Cup.  Messier’s 129 Points were a career-high, and he was named a First Team All-Star this year.  What Messier this season should be celebrated a lot more than it is.

1991:  Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues, Right Wing: 86 G, 45 A, 131 P, 15.4 PS     

Brett Hull led the NHL in Goals for three seasons in a row, and in all three of them, he had at least 70.  This was Hull’s highwater mark, and he would also secure the Lester B. Pearson Award.  A three-time First Team All-Star, Hull later won a Stanley Cup as a Dallas Star in 1999 and a Detroit Red Wing in 2002.  Retiring in 2006, Hull had 527 career Goals.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

1992 (2):  Mark Messier, New York Rangers, Center: 35 G, 72 A, 107 P, 9.9 PS  

Messier followed his former teammate, Wayne Gretzky, as a Hart Trophy winner for two different teams.  Messier was now the leader of the Rangers, and he was also the winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award and a First Team All-Star.  Messier’s leadership would take the Rangers to a 1994 Stanley Cup, and he was so good at that role, that the National Hockey League would create a “Mark Messier Leadership Award”.   When he retired, Messier scored 1,887 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

1993 (2):  Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 69 G, 91 A, 160 P, 16.2 PS  

Before we get to what Lemieux accomplished this season, Lemieux probably should have won the Hart in Gretzky’s last Hart win. The French Canadian was the First Team All-Star, and he was one Point shy of 200 with 85 Goals.  Nevertheless, Lemieux went on to win the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup, and injuries prevented him from full seasons, which kept the Hart from his grabs.  This year, he only played 60 Games, but he won the Art Ross with 160 Points and led the NHL in Plus/Minus (+55).  Lemieux would also win the Lester B. Pearson, was a First Team All-Star and he was the Bill Masterton Award winner.  Why did he only play 60 Games?  Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, yet came back to finish the season.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

1994: Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings, Center: 56 G, 64 A, 120 P, 13.8 PS       

Making history as the first non-Canadian and first European to win the Hart, Sergei Fedorov was in his fourth NHL season and this was best statistical season by far.  Fedorov was a First Team All-Star, Lester B. Pearson and Frank J. Selke winner this year, and he would later win three Stanley Cups for Detroit.  The Russian later won another Selke Trophy and he would later play for Anaheim, Columbus and Washington.  Fedorov scored 1,179 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

1995:  Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers, Center: 29 G, 41 A, 70 P, 8.8 PS  

The Philadelphia Flyers gave an awful lot to get Eric Lindros, and while it might not have been worth it, it was still a Hart winner.  Lindros was a First Team All-Star this year as well as Lester B. Pearson Award winner in this strike-shortened year.  Lindros also won his only Art Ross this year, and he was a 1.14 PPG player over his 13 NHL Seasons.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

1996 (3):  Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 69 G, 91 A, 160 P, 16.2 PS  

Before we get to what Lemieux accomplished this season, Lemieux probably should have won the Hart in Gretzky’s last Hart win. The French Canadian was the First Team All-Star, and he was one Point shy of 200 with 85 Goals.  Nevertheless, Lemieux went on to win the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup, and injuries prevented him from full seasons, which kept the Hart from his grabs.  This year, he only played 60 Games, but he won the Art Ross with 160 Points and led the NHL in Plus/Minus (+55).  Lemieux would also win the Lester B. Pearson, was a First Team All-Star and he was the Bill Masterton Award winner.  Why did he only play 60 Games?  Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, yet came back to finish the season.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

1997:  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres, Goalie 37-20-10 Record P, 17.2 GPS            

Dominik Hasek was already considered one of the best Goalies in Hockey, but this year he was elevated to the best player in the world. This season, Hasek won his third Vezina Trophy and earned his third First Team All-Star, and he was also named the Lester B. Pearson Award winner. Hasek was also first in Save Percentage for the fourth year in the row.  He also made history as the first Czech player to win the Hart.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

1998 (2):  Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres, Goalie 33-23-13 Record P, 18.6 GPS  

In terms of accolades, Hasek repeated his efforts of 1997 with a Hart, Lester B. Pearson, a Vezina and a First Team All-Star, and he again led the NHL in Save Percentage.  Hasek would later win two more Vezina Trophies.  In 1999, Hasek took Buffalo on his back and carried them to a Stanley Cup Final.  The Czech Goalie grew frustrated and asked for a trade, which he got when he was sent to Detroit.  He would win two Stanley Cups with Detroit and then played in Europe, retiring in 2011.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

2000:  Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues, Defense 14 G, 48 A, 62 P, 14.8 PS  

Pronger debuted in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers in 1994, and two years later he was a St. Louis Blue and, on his way, to becoming a star.  A Second Team All-Star in 1997-98, and two years later he won the Hart and Norris and was a First Team All-Star for the first and only time.  Pronger was a Second Team All-Star again in 2003-04, and he joined the Edmonton Oilers as a Free Agent, but he was unhappy there and looked for a trade.  He was dealt to Anaheim and helped them win a Stanley Cup and was a Second Team All-Star in 2007.  Pronger played until 2012, with his last three years coming as a Flyer.  He would accumulate 698 career Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

2001:  Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, Center 54 G, 64 A, 118 P, 15.9 PS  

Sakic was the first Nordiques/Avalanche player to win the Hart, which he did in his 13thseason.  Sakic had a career-high 54 Goals, was the NHL leader in Plus/Minus (+45) and he was also the winner of the Lady Byng and the Lester B. Pearson Award.  This year, Sakic and the Avs won the Stanley Cup, which was their second, having won it in 1996.  The Center was also named a First Team All-Star, and would be again in two of the next three years.  Sakic played his entire career with Quebec/Colorado, retiring in 2009 with 1,641 Points.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

2003:  Peter Forsberg, Colorado Avalanche, Center 29 G, 77 A, 106 P, 13.6 PS  

A Calder winner in 1995, Forsberg had already won two Stanley Cups and was already twice a First Team All-Star.  This year, Forsberg was a First Team All-Star for the third and final time, and he was the league-leader in Assists (77), Points (106) and Plus/Minus (+52).  He would later play for Philadelphia, Nashville and Colorado before retiring in 2011 with 885 Points in 708 Games.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

2004:  Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, Right Wing 38 G, 56 A, 94 P, 13.2 PS  

It was a breakout campaign for St. Louis who was in his sixth season, and fourth in Tampa Bay after playing for Calgary in seasons one and two.  St. Louis became the first Lightning player to win the Hart, and he also won the Art Ross, was a First Team All-Star and was the NHL leader in Plus/Minus (+35).  St. Louis led Tampa to the Stanley Cup that year. After this year, St. Louis was a Second Team All-Star four times, won another Art Ross and would also win three Lady Byng Trophies.  He played until 2015, after a year and a half with the Rangers.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Center: 29 G, 83 A, 113 P, 13.5 PS, 2010

Along with his twin brother, Daniel, Henrik Sedin played his entire 17-year career with the Vancouver Canucks, with his best season coming right in the middle of it.  Sedin led the NHL in Assists (83) and won his first Art Ross Trophy while earning First Team All-Star honors.  Sedin was a First Team All-Star the year later, and he finished with 1,070 Points.

Inducted in 2022.

The following are the players who have won the Hart Trophy who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have not been selected:

1942:  Tom Anderson, Brooklyn Americans, Defense: 12 G, 29 A, 41 P, 6.0 PS 1942       

The New York Americans were rebranded the Brooklyn Americans for the 1941-42 Season, and the team was on life support. This would be the final year of existence for the Americans, and they produced an unlikely Hart Trophy winner in Defenseman, Tom Anderson.  If Anderson’s numbers seem high for a blueliner, he was also playing at Left Wing. Anderson first made the NHL in 1934 with the Red Wings, but he was with the Americans since 1935.  Following the folding of the Americans, Anderson returned to Canada (Calgary) to play semi-pro.  Anderson is not only the first player to win the Hart who is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame (we feel safe to say that he won’t ever) but was the first to win the Hart who never played in the NHL in the year after he won it.

Eligible since 1946.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

1954:  Al Rollins, Chicago Blackhawks, Goalie: 12-43-7 Record 3.21 GAA, 4.3 PS 

Rollins was a Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs and he joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 1952.  The Goalie joined a bad team, and in this season, he led the NHL in Losses (47) but was the only reason that Chicago was even worse.

Eligible since 1956.  Ranked #102 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2002:  Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens, Goalie: 30-24-10 Record 2.11 GAA, 17.4 PS 

This was easily Jose Theodore’s best year in hockey, as not only did the Goalie win the Hart and the Vezina, it was the only time over his career where he finished in the top ten for those awards.  Interesting enough, despite winning both the Vezina and Hart, he was a Second Team All-Star at Goalie behind Patrick Roy.  Theodore played until 2013, and he was also a member of Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and Florida.

Eligible since 2016.  Ranked #186 on Notinhalloffame.com.

The following are the players who have won the Hart Trophy in the NHL who have retired but have not met the mandatory years out of the game to qualify for the Hockey Hall of Fame:

The following are the players who have won the Hart Trophy who are still active.

1999:  Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins, Right Wing 44 G, 83 A, 127 P, 14.6 PS  

This was Jagr’s ninth season in the NHL, and they were all spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Winning his third Art Ross Trophy, Jagr had career highs in Assists (83) and Points (127), and he was also the Lester B. Pearson winner, an honor he won twice more.  The two-time Stanley Cup champion would later play for Washington, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, New Jersey, Florida and Calgary.  Still playing in Europe, Jagr scored 1,921 Points in the NHL.

50 Years Old, Playing in Europe.

Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins & San Jose Sharks, Centre: 29 G, 96 A, 125 P, 13.3 PS 2006

In his seventh NHL Season, the Boston Bruins felt that Joe Thornton was not the leader they needed, and Thornton believed that the Bruins brass were not committed to winning.  23 Games into the 2005-06 season, Thornton was traded to San Jose, and he finished the season winning the Art Ross and leading the NHL in Assists.  Named a First Team All-Star this year, Thornton had two Second Team All-Star years after this one.

43 Years Old, Free Agent.

2007:  Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 36 G, 84 A, 120 P, 13.3 PS

“Sid the Kid” did not win the Calder, as that went to his longtime rival, Alex Ovechkin.  Crosby would however beat him to a Hart win, which he collected in his sophomore season. Crosby would also win his first Art Ross, was named a First Team All-Star, and his peers named him their MVP, when he won the Lester B. Pearson Award.  There was a lot more to come for Crosby.

35 Years OldPlaying for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2008:  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Left Wing: 65 G, 47 A, 112 P, 17.2 PS 

Ovechkin won his first Hart Trophy in his third season, which was also the first by a Washington Capital.  A First Team All-Star in all of his seasons to date, Ovechkin also won the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Art Ross Trophy, and the Rocket Richard Award for his 65 Goals.  

37 Years OldPlaying for the Washington Capitals.

2009 (2):  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Left Wing: 56 G, 54 A, 110 P, 14.5 PS 

The Russian Center repeated most of his honors in his back-to-back Hart win.  Ovechkin repeated as the Rocket Richard winner, and was a First Team All-Star for his fourth consecutive season.  He would also win the Lester B. Pearson Award.

37 Years OldPlaying for the Washington Capitals.

2011:  Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, Right Wing: 50 G, 48 A, 98 P, 13.3 PS 2011

Perry won the Stanley Cup in his second season, and this, his sixth season in hockey was by far his best.  Perry won the Hart, was a First Team All-Star, the Rocket Richard winner, and the first ever Duck to win the MVP.  The Right Wing was a First Team All-Star again in 2014, and he played with the Ducks until 2019 where he joined the Dallas Stars afterward.

37 Years OldPlaying for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2012:  Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 50 G, 59 A, 109 P, 13.4 PS 2012

The first three seasons for Evgeni Malkin was nothing short of stunning.  Malkin won the Calder in 2006-07, was a First Team All-Star in all three years, and was the Art Ross Winner in 2008-09, while winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe. Malkin’s two years after was riddled with injuries, but he made up for it in 2011-12 with a second Art Ross, and his first Hart.  Malkin was a First Team All-Star for the fourth time, and he also won the Ted Lindsay Award.  He would go on to win two more Cups with Pittsburgh.

36 Years OldPlaying for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2013 (3):  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Left Wing: 32 G, 24 A, 56 P, 8.0 PS 

When Ovechkin won his second Hart Trophy in 2009, he was already established as the top goal scorer in hockey.  In his third Hart win for years later, nothing had changed.  Ovechkin led the NHL in Goals for the third time, and would over the next three years.  In 2018, he achieved the ultimate goal and led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup.

37 Years OldPlaying for the Washington Capitals.

2014 (2):  Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: 36 G, 84 A, 120 P, 13.3 PS

It was a seven-year gap between Crosby’s first and second Hart Trophy, but he accomplished a lot in that span.  Crosby won a Stanley Cup in 2009, and added another First Team All-Star (2013), a Second Team All-Star (2010), a Mark Messier Leadership Award (2010), a Rocket Richard Trophy (2009), and his second Lester B. Pearson (2013), which was now named the Ted Lindsay Award.  This season he collected another Art Ross, a Ted Lindsay, and a First Team All-Star Selection.  Crosby later won two more Stanley Cups with the Pens in 2016 and 2017.

35 Years OldPlaying for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2015:  Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, Goalie: 44-16-5 Record, 1.96 GAA, 16.2 PS

This was the eighth NHL season for Price, who as of this writing has only played for the Montreal Canadiens.  Price led the NHL in Wins (44), Save Percentage (.933) and Goals Against Average (1.96), and he not only won the Hart, he also captured the Vezina, William M. Jennings, Ted Lindsay Award, and he was also a First Team All-Star. This is the only year that Price was a post-season All-Star.

35 Years OldPlaying for the Montreal Canadiens.

2016:  Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, Right Wing: 46 G, 60 A, 106 P, 15.0 PS

This was Kane’s ninth season in the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawk had already accomplished so much before his Hart win.  Kane won the Calder, and was already a two-time First Team All-Star, and a three-time Stanley Cup winner.  This season, Kane was a First Team All-Star for a third time, and also won his first Art Ross and Ted Lindsay Award.  Kane has been a First Team All-Star for a fourth time and earned a Second Team All-Star.  He is already a member of the 1,000 Point club.

33 Years OldPlaying for the Chicago Blackhawks.

2017:  Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 30 G, 70 A, 100 P, 12.8 PS

McDavid was in his second season, where he not only won the Hart, but was the winner of the Art Ross and the Ted Lindsay.  This season also brought in the first of three First Team All-Stars and while he was not the Hart winner in 2017-18, he won the Ted Lindsay and Art Ross that year.

26 Years OldPlaying for the Edmonton Oilers.

2018:  Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils, Left Wing: 39 G, 54 A, 93 P, 12.2 PS

It could be argued that Hall’s Hart Trophy was a bit of a surprise as he while he was a very good player in his first seven seasons, a Hart was not pegged for him by many pundits.  This season he was also a First Team All-Star, and he brought the Devils their first Hart Trophy.

30 Years OldPlaying for the Boston Bruins.

2019:  Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, Right Wing: 41 G, 87 A, 128 P, 14.6 PS

Kucherov was in his sixth NHL season (all with Tampa) and he would win not only the Hart but his first Art Ross and Ted Lindsay Award.  Kucherov was a First Team All-Star for the Second straight time and the year after he was a Second Team All-Star and led the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2020.

29 Years OldPlaying for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2020:  Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 43 G, 67 A, 110 P, 12.8 PS

Draisaitl’s Hart Trophy win marked the first time that a German player won the most coveted individual award in Hockey.  Draisaitl was in his sixth season in hockey (all with Edmonton) and this year he also won the Ted Lindsay, Art Ross, and was a First Team All-Star.

27 Years OldPlaying for the Edmonton Oilers.

2021:  Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, Center: 30 G, 70 A, 100 P, 12.8 PS

McDavid won his second Hart and Ted Lindsay Award this year and also won his fourth Art Ross, with his current career-high of 123 Points.  The Center also was first in the NHL in Assists (72), another personal best.  

26 Years OldPlaying for the Edmonton Oilers.

2022:  Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, Center: 60 G, 46 A, 106 P, 13.8 PS

Scoring five goals in his first ever NHL game in 2016, Auston Matthews was destined to win the Hart Trophy one year, and six years later, it came to fruition.  Matthews led the NHL in Goals for the second straight year, also finished atop the leaderboard in Even Strength Goals (44) for the fourth time.  It takes a special player to unseat Connor McDavid as a First Team All-Star, and that is what Matthews was in 2021-22.  

25 Years OldPlaying for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the exception of Taylor Hall, the recent winners should all get inducted, most of them on the first ballot.  It is a safe bet that when you win the Hart, you will earn a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.