The Hart Memorial Trophy has been around since the 1923-24 season and is awarded to the player voted the most valuable to his team during the regular season (there was no winner during the lockout seasons). The voting is done by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and 54 different players have won the trophy over 90 seasons. Wayne Gretzky leads the way with nine victories followed by Gordie Howe with six, and Eddie Shore with four. The three-time winners are Bobby Clarke, Mario Lemieux, Howie Morenz, Bobby Orr, and Alex Ovechkin.
The Hart Trophy shouldn’t be confused with the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award), which is handed out to the NHL’s most outstanding player of the season as judged by the players themselves. Players who win the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in the same season have truly enjoyed an excellent year. This list ranks the last 15 winners of the Hart Trophy. It is dates back to the 1995-96 campaign due to multiple winners and the NHL lockout. The list consists of just one defenceman and three goalies, as well as 11 forwards.
Eight of the 15 players are still skating in the NHL and the other seven have retired. Five of the seven who have retired have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and there’s a great chance that all eight of the current players will join them once they become eligible. This list of the past 15 Hart Trophy winners ranks them on their achievements during their trophy-winning season(s) as well as their overall performances in the National Hockey League throughout their careers and the number of first-place votes they received for the Hart Trophy.
15 Corey Perry (2010-11)
14 Jose Theodore (2001-02)
13 Chris Pronger (1999-00)
12 Henrik Sedin (2009-10)
11 Martin St. Louis (2003-04)
10 Peter Forsberg (2002-03)
9 Joe Thornton (2005-06)
8 Carey Price (2014-15)
7 Joe Sakic (2000-01)
6 Evgeni Malkin (2011-12)
5 Dominik Hasek (1996-97 and 1997-98)
4 Jaromir Jagr (1998-99)
3 Sidney Crosby (2006-07 and 2013-14)
2 Alex Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, and 2012-13)
1 Mario Lemieux (1995-96)
Hall of Fame centre Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the third and last of his Hart Trophies for his play in the 1995-96 season when he was 30-years-old. Lemieux scored 69 goals and 92 assists for 161 points, which is the most of any of the last 15 Hart winners. His goal, assist, and point totals led the league that year as did his eight shorthanded and 31 power play goals. He also took home the Pearson Trophy for his work. Lemieux led his team to the Northeast Division title that campaign and the Penguins led the 26-team league in scoring. He managed to stay hot in the postseason with 27 points in 18 games, but Pittsburgh was knocked out by Florida in the third round. Lemieux retired as one of the greatest players in hockey history with 1,723 points in 915 games and another 172 points in 107 postseason contests.
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