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Hart Memorial Trophy

The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season.

The Hart Memorial Trophy was presented by the National Hockey League in 1960 after the original Hart Trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The original Hart Trophy was donated to the NHL in 1923 by Dr. David A. Hart, father of Cecil Hart, former manager-coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

Wayne Gretzky won the award a record nine times during his career, including eight in a row from 1980-87. Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers teammate Mark Messier are the only players to win the Hart with more than one team. In 1990, Messier took the Hart over Ray Bourque by a margin of two votes, the difference being a single first-place vote.

2013 WINNER
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN
LEFT WING - WSH
Goals: 32 | Assists: 24 | Pts: 56
Shots: 220 | +/-: 2
Players from the Canadiens have won the award 16 times; players from Boston Bruins are second with 12 winners, and the Detroit Red Wings and Oilers have seen players win the award nine times. Joe Thornton became the first Hart Trophy winner to switch clubs during his winning campaign in 2005–06, having played for both the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks that season.

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks his top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.

The closest the voting for the Hart Trophy has ever come was in the 2001–02 season, when Jose Theodore and Jarome Iginla tied in the total voting. The tiebreaker in such a case is number of first-place votes: Theodore, who had 86 first-place votes to Iginla's 82, claimed it.


PAST RECIPIENTS
Year Player Team
2013 Alex Ovechkin washington capitals
2012 Evgeni Malkin pittsburgh penguins
2011 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
2010 Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2009 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
2008 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
2007 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2006 Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
2004 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche
2002 Jose Theodore Montreal Canadiens
2001 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche
2000 Chris Pronger St. Louis Blues
1999 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
1998 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres
1997 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres
1996 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1995 Eric Lindros Philadelphia Flyers
1994 Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings
1993 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1992 Mark Messier New York Rangers
1991 Brett Hull St. Louis Blues
1990 Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers
1989 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1988 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1987 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1986 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1985 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1984 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1983 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1982 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1981 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1980 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1979 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders
1978 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1977 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1976 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers
1975 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers
1974 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1973 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers
1972 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1971 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1970 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1969 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
1968 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1967 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1966 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1965 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1964 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
1963 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1962 Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens
1961 Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens
1960 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1959 Andy Bathgate New York Rangers
1958 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1957 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1956 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
1955 Ted Kennedy Toronto Maple Leafs
1954 Al Rollins Chicago Blackhawks
1953 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1952 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1951 Milt Schmidt Boston Bruins
1950 Charlie Rayner New York Rangers
1949 Sid Abel Detroit Red Wings
1948 Buddy O'Connor New York Rangers
1947 Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens
1946 Max Bentley Chicago Blackhawks
1945 Elmer Lach Montreal Canadiens
1944 Babe Pratt Toronto Maple Leafs
1943 Bill Cowley Boston Bruins
1942 Tom Anderson Brooklyn Americans
1941 Bill Cowley Boston Bruins
1940 Eddie Goodfellow Detroit Red Wings
1939 Toe Blake Montreal Canadiens
1938 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins
1937 Babe Siebert Montreal Canadiens
1936 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins
1935 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins
1934 Aurel Joliat Montreal Canadiens
1933 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins
1932 Howie Morenz Montreal Canadiens
1931 Howie Morenz Montreal Canadiens
1930 Nels Stewart Montreal Maroons
1929 Roy Worters New York Americans
1928 Howie Morenz Montreal Canadiens
1927 Herb Gardiner Montreal Canadiens
1926 Nels Stewart Montreal Maroons
1925 Billy Burch Hamilton Tigers
1924 Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game