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Conn Smythe Trophy

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The player is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association following the final game of the playoffs. The trophy was first presented in 1964 in honour of Conn Smythe, former coach, manager and owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, the only Maple Leaf to win the award is Dave Keon (1967). Two-time winners include Bobby Orr (1970, 1972), Bernie Parent (1974, 1975), Wayne Gretzky (1985, 1988), Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992) and Sidney Crosby (2016, 2017). Patrick Roy won the award three times (1986, 1993, 2001). Six players have won the trophy despite their team losing the Stanley Cup Final: Roger Crozier (1966), Glenn Hall (1968), Reggie Leach (1976), Ron Hextall (1987), Jean-Sébastien Giguère (2003) and Connor McDavid (2024).
Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs

Conn Smythe Trophy Winners

Player Team
1965 Jean Béliveau Montreal Canadiens
1966 Roger Crozier Detroit Red Wings
1967 Dave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs
1968 Glenn Hall St. Louis Blues
1969 Serge Savard Montreal Canadiens
1970 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1971 Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens
1972 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1973 Yvan Cournoyer Montreal Canadiens
1974 Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers
1975 Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers
1976 Reggie Leach Philadelphia Flyers
1977 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
1978 Larry Robinson Montreal Canadiens
1979 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens
1980 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders
1981 Butch Goring New York Islanders
1982 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
1983 Billy Smith New York Islanders
1984 Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers
1985 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1986 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens
1987 Ron Hextall Philadelphia Flyers
1988 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1989 Al MacInnis Calgary Flames
1990 Bill Ranford Edmonton Oilers
1991 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1992 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1993 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens
1994 Brian Leetch New York Rangers
1995 Claude Lemieux New Jersey Devils
1996 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche
1997 Mike Vernon Detroit Red Wings
1998 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings
1999 Joe Nieuwendyk Dallas Stars
2000 Scott Stevens New Jersey Devils
2001 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche
2002 Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings
2003 Jean-Sébastien Giguère Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
2004 Brad Richards Tampa Bay Lightning
2005 Season cancelled due to lockout
2006 Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes
2007 Scott Niedermayer Anaheim Ducks
2008 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings
2009 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
2010 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
2011 Tim Thomas Boston Bruins
2012 Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
2013 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
2014 Justin Williams Los Angeles Kings
2015 Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
2016 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2017 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
​2018 ​Alex Ovechkin ​Washington Capitals
2019 Ryan O'Reilly St. Louis Blues
2020 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Lightning
2021 Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning
2022 Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche
2023 Jonathan Marchessault Vegas Golden Knights
2024 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers

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