Skip to main content
NHL Awards

NHL Vezina Trophy Winners

Best goalies since 1927

NHL.com @NHL

The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.

Leo Dandurand, Louis Letourneau, and Joe Cattarinich, former owners of the Montreal Canadiens, presented the trophy to the National Hockey League in 1926-27 in memory of Georges Vezina, outstanding goalkeeper of the Canadiens, who collapsed during an NHL game Nov. 28, 1925, and died of tuberculosis a few months later.

Until the 1981-82 season, the goalkeeper(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season were awarded the Vezina Trophy.

Billy Smith of the New York Islanders was the first winner of the Vezina under the current system.

There have been numerous instances of players receiving the trophy many times in different years, and players tying for the trophy. Jacques Plante holds the record for winning the most Vezinas with seven, trailed by Bill Durnan and Dominik Hasek both of who have won six. Hasek has won the most under the current system of honoring the best individual goalie. 

Montreal goaltenders have won the Vezina 28 times. Under the original definition, there would often be multiple winners from the same team during one season. In the 1973-74 NHL season, Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers finished tied for the fewest goals against, the only time that there was a tie between two players from different teams.

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season, and each individual voter ranks his top three candidates on a 5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs. 

 

[RELATED: Complete list of NHL Awards and Trophies winners]

 

 

Vezina Trophy Winners
  • 2017: Sergei Bobrovsky , Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2016: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
  • 2015: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
  • 2014: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
  • 2013: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2012: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
  • 2011: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
  • 2010: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
  • 2009: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
  • 2008: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
  • 2007: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
  • 2006: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
  • 2004: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
  • 2003: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
  • 2002: Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
  • 2001: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 2000: Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals
  • 1999: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1998: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1997: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1996: Jim Carey, Washington Capitals
  • 1995: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1994: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1993: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1992: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1991: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1990: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1989: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1988: Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers
  • 1987: Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1986: John Vanbiesbrouck, New York Rangers
  • 1985: Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1984: Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1983: Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins
  • 1982: Billy Smith, New York Islanders
  • 1981: Denis Herron, Montreal Canadiens
    • Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
    • Richard Sevigny, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1980: Don Edwards, Buffalo Sabres
    • Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1979: Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
    • Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1978: Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
    • Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1977: Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
    • Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1976: Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1975: Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1974: Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1974: Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1973: Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1972: Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1972: Gary Smith, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1971: Eddie Giacomin, New York Rangers
  • 1971: Gilles Villemure, New York Rangers
  • 1970: Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1969: Glenn Hall, St. Louis Blues
  • 1969: Jacques Plante, St. Louis Blues
  • 1968: Gump Worsley, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1968: Rogatien Vachon, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1967: Glenn Hall Chicago, Black Hawks
  • 1967: Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1966: Gump Worsley, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1966: Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1965: Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1965: Terry Sawchuk, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1964: Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1963: Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1962: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1961: Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1960: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1959: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1958: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1957: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1956: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1955: Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1954: Harry Lumley, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1953: Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1952: Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1951: Al Rollins, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1950: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1949: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1948: Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1947: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1946: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1945: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1944: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1943: Johnny Mowers, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1942: Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
  • 1941: Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1940: David Kerr, New York Rangers
  • 1939: Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
  • 1938: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins
  • 1937: Normie Smith, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1936: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins
  • 1935: Lorne Chabot, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1934: Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1933: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins
  • 1932: Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1931: Roy Worters, New York Americans
  • 1930: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins
  • 1929: George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1928: George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1927: George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens

*Note: Awarded to the goalie who played a minimum of 25 games for the team that allowed the fewest goals; since 1982, awarded to outstanding goalie.

View More