The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player that is judged most valuable to his team, as deemed by a panel of esteemed voters. It is the MVP award for the NHL. Over the years, many of hockey’s best have hoisted the trophy such as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.
In fact, the Hart Memorial Trophy may be the most prestigious award in sports history, as it has been awarded for 90 years and has generally been a good indicator of the best player in a given year. In addition to its longevity, the award is one of the few in sports that almost guarantees that all winners go on to join the Hockey Hall of Fame. In fact, of the 54 players who have won the award, all but 3 of the eligible players have gone on to join the Hall of Fame.
This means that the list of players who have taken home the Hart Memorial Trophy is littered with some of the greatest players to ever play the game.
That makes coming up with this list even harder. This list will look to name ten of the worst players to ever win the Hart Memorial Trophy. This was an extremely tough process as almost all of the Hart winners are among the best players in NHL history, so some good players are bound to appear on this list. So, we apologize if you don’t agree with some of the players listed.
The criteria used for selection consisted of things such as: their career before and after the Hart season, their comparison to other players that year and how they measure up to other Hart winners.
The list was not easy to compile, but here it is, the top ten worst NHLers to win the Hart Memorial Trophy.
10 10. Babe Siebert in 1936/37
9 9. Babe Pratt in 1943/44
8 8. Henrik Sedin in 2009/10
7 7. Chris Pronger in 1999/00
6 6. Tom Anderson in 1941/42
5 5. Eric Lindros in 1994/95
4 4. Corey Perry in 2010/11
3 3. Jose Theodore in 2001/02
2 2. Chuck Rayner in 1949/50
1 1. Al Rollins in 1953/54
Now we have reached the worst player to win a Hart Memorial trophy. That accolade goes to goaltender Al Rollins who won the award in 1954 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. His record that year was a dismal 12-47 with a 3.23 GAA. We cannot think of a reason why the goalie of the worst team in the league should win the Hart. In fact, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Harry Lumley finished with better stats in every category and led his team to the playoffs, and would’ve been a much better candidate. No matter how you slice it, this man should not have won the Hart Memorial Trophy.
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