The Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player chosen by hockey writers as being "most valuable" to his NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
team. It was donated to the NHL in 1923 by Dr David A. Hart, father of Cecil Hart, former manager of the Montreal Canadiens. The oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey, it was retired to the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
in 1960 and replaced by the Hart Memorial Trophy. Several players have won the award twice, including Stan MIKITA
, Bobby HULL
, Guy LAFLEUR
, Mark MESSIER
and Dominik Hasek. Howie MORENZ
, Bobby Clarke, Bobby ORR
and Mario LEMIEUX
each won the award 3 times. Eddie SHORE
won it 4 times, and Gordie HOWE
won it 6 times. Wayne GRETZKY
was awarded the Hart Trophy an unprecedented 9 times, 8 in succession from the start of his career (1980-87).
Howie Morenz, the most exciting hockey player of his era, died as a result of injuries suffered in a game. He was 3-time winner of the Hart Trophy (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-29495).
Links to Other Sites
Hart Memorial Trophy
This site features a listing of recipients of the Hart Memorial Trophy. From the National Hockey League.
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