Vezina Trophy

Vezina Trophy
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SportIce hockey
Given forNational Hockey League's top goaltender who is "adjudged to be the best at this position"
History
First award1926–27 NHL season
Most recentPekka Rinne
Nashville Predators

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's (NHL) goaltender who is "adjudged to be the best at this position".[1] At the end of each season, the thirty-one NHL general managers vote to determine the winner. It is named in honour of Georges Vezina, goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens from 1910 until 1925, who died in 1926 of tuberculosis. The trophy was first awarded after the 1926–27 NHL season and was awarded to the top goaltender. From 1946–47 to 1981–82, the trophy went to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest goals during the regular season;[1] now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded for this.

The most recent winner is the Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne in the 2017–18 season.

History[]

The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of Georges Vezina, an exceptional goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. Vezina collapsed during a game in 1925 and was diagnosed as having tuberculosis, of which he died in 1926. Upon Vezina's death, the trophy was donated to the League by the Canadiens' owners, Leo Dandurand, Louis Letourneau and Joe Cattarinich to honour Vezina permanently. It was first awarded at the end of the 1926–27 NHL season to George Hainsworth who had come to Montreal to succeed Vezina.[1]

The trophy was accepted by the league at its May 15, 1927 meeting in Montreal.[2][3] The criteria for winning was variously reported. The Montreal Gazette and The Globe and Mail reported that it was 'to be awarded each year to the goaltender in the National Hockey League having the best (goals against) average,'[2][3] while the Toronto Star reported that the trophy went to the 'most valuable' goaltender in the league.[4] When Hainsworth won his third Vezina at the end of the 1928–29 NHL season, the trophy was reported to be for the 'most outstanding' goaltender in the league.[5] However, later reports state that the trophy was based on the lowest goals against average (GAA).[6][7][8]

The Vezina Trophy was quite prestigious, as it was one of the three major personal awards given out by the National Hockey League at the time, along with the Hart Trophy and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.[9] The hockey media closely follow a tight "Vezina Trophy race,"[10] such as in 1940–41, when Frank Brimsek, Turk Broda, and Johnny Mowers were separated by only three goals entering the final weekend of the season.[10][11]

1946 to 1981[]

In February 1946, the NHL stated that the trophy was to go to the team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season. The goaltender playing the most games for that team would be awarded the trophy.[12][13] Manager Tommy Gorman of the Montreal Canadiens stated that if the trophy was awarded to his team, management would decide which of the Habs' two goaltenders (Paul Bibeault and Bill Durnan) would receive the trophy.[13] However, at a banquet that October, NHL President Clarence Campbell indicated that while the league was considering changing the voting methods of the Calder, Hart, and Lady Byng Trophies, the criteria for the Vezina were not changing.[14]

Since it was common for goaltenders to start every game before 1950, the Vezina usually went to the goaltender with the lowest personal goals against average in the league; however, there were two notable exceptions. George Hainsworth was awarded the inaugural trophy, while Clint Benedict had the lowest GAA in 1926–27. Hainsworth's Canadiens allowed fewer goals as a team than Benedict's Senators. Wilf Cude had the lowest GAA in 1933–34 in 30 games split between the Detroit Red Wings and Canadiens, but the Vezina was awarded to Charlie Gardiner, who started all 48 games for the Chicago Black Hawks, the team that allowed the fewest goals.

The National Hockey League lengthened the schedule to 70 games starting in 1949–50. Before then, it was very common for a goaltender to play every minute of his team's season, and only two Vezina winners β€” Frank Brimsek in both 1938–39 (43 of 48 games) and 1941–42 (47 of 48 games) and Bill Durnan in 1944–45 (40 of 50 games) β€” failed to start every game for their respective clubs.

As teams started to use more than one goaltender in a season regularly, it became increasingly common for the goaltender with the lowest GAA not to be a member of the team that allowed the fewest goals. The Vezina continued to be awarded to the goaltender who started the most games for the team that allowed the fewest goals, but the Vezina winners of 1954–55, 1960–61, 1962–63 and 1963–64 did not have the lowest GAAs.

The National Hockey League began allowing teammates to split the Vezina Trophy following the 1964–65 NHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs allowed 173 goals against, barely beating out Montreal's 175 goals against and Chicago's 176 goals against. Terry Sawchuk played 36 games for the Leafs with a GAA of 2.56, while his teammate Johnny Bower played 34 games with a league-leading GAA of 2.38, but Sawchuk was to be the sole winner under the old criteria. During the season, the two agreed to split the $1000 prize money that came with the trophy if either of them won. At the end of the season, Sawchuk publicly stated that he would refuse the trophy if Bower would not also have his name inscribed.[15] The NHL subsequently changed the rule to allow any goaltender on the team who allowed the fewest goals against to qualify for the Vezina if he played at least 25 games, and applied this rule retroactively to Sawchuk and Bower.[16] Under this criterion, Turk Broda would have shared the Vezina that Al Rollins won in 1950–51. This criterion was in place until 1980–81.[1]

The Vezina criteria had the trophy going to the goaltender(s) of the team that was best at preventing goals, not necessarily the best individual goaltender of the year. The best goaltender, as voted by the media, was the NHL First Team All-Star. These often differed, such as in 1979–80 when Don Edwards and Bob Sauve shared the Vezina while Tony Esposito was named to the First Team. During the 1973–74 NHL season, the Chicago Black Hawks and Philadelphia Flyers finished tied for the fewest goals against; therefore their respective goaltenders, Tony Esposito and Bernie Parent, were both awarded the trophy, the only time that it would be shared between two players from different teams. For 1973–74 the media voted Parent a First Team All-Star and Esposito a Second Team All-Star.[1] Glenn Hall, who played for Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis during his career, was voted the First Team All-Star goaltender the most times of any goaltender, seven times, but only won the Vezina Trophy as the goaltender on the team allowing the fewest goals against three times. By contrast, Jacques Plante, was awarded the Vezina Trophy seven times, six of those when with the very dominant Montreal Canadians of the 1950s and 60s, but was voted as the First Team All-Star only three times. Plante's seventh Vezina Trophy was shared with Hall as they shared goaltending duties for the St. Louis Blues in 1968-69 when that team allowed the fewest goals in the league; Hall was voted as the First Team All-Star that year.

1981 to the present[]

As of the 1981–82 NHL season, the Vezina Trophy has been given to the most outstanding goaltender as voted by the general managers of the NHL teams.[17] Billy Smith of the New York Islanders was the first winner of the Vezina under the current system. The William M. Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltender(s) who play(s) a minimum of 25 games for the team that allows the fewest goals, serves the function of the old Vezina.

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by the 31 general managers of the teams in the National Hockey League, with all individual voters ranking their top three candidates on a 5–3–1 points system.[18] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.

Records and distinctions[]

Jacques Plante holds the record for winning the most Vezinas with seven, followed by Bill Durnan and Dominik Hasek, who have won six each. Hasek has won the most awards under the current system of voting for the best individual goalie.[1] Players for the Montreal Canadiens have won the Vezina 29 times.[1]

There are only four players that have won both the Vezina and Hart Memorial Trophy for the same season: Jacques Plante for 1961–62; Dominik Hasek twice, for 1996–97 and 1997–98; Jose Theodore for 2001–02; and Carey Price for 2014–15. Two other Vezina-winning goaltenders have also won the Hart Memorial Trophy: Roy Worters and Al Rollins. Chuck Rayner was the only goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy, but never the Vezina.[19]

Winners[]

1927–81[]

Turk Broda, two-time winner.
Harry Lumley, one-time Vezina winner.
Tony Esposito, three-time winner.
Patrick Roy, three-time winner.
Dominik Hasek, six-time winner.
Martin Brodeur, four-time winner.
Miikka Kiprusoff, one-time winner.
Tim Thomas, two-time winner.
Sergei Bobrovsky, two-time winner.
Carey Price, one-time winner.

When introduced, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the top goaltender in the league. Several winners, including Hainsworth in 1927 and Gardiner in 1934, did not have the lowest goals-against average. In 1946, the NHL Governors further clarified the criteria for winning. It was to go to the team with the fewest goals scored against it during the season. The goalie playing the most games for the team was awarded the trophy.[12] In 1965, the NHL Governors began allowing teammates to share the Vezina Trophy. From 1965 to 1981, the Vezina was awarded to any goaltenders who played 25 or more games for the team allowing the fewest goals against.

Season Winner Team Win #
1926–27 Canada George Hainsworth Montreal Canadiens 1
1927–28 Canada George Hainsworth Montreal Canadiens 2
1928–29 Canada George Hainsworth Montreal Canadiens 3
1929–30 Canada Tiny Thompson Boston Bruins 1
1930–31 Canada Roy Worters New York Americans 1
1931–32 Canada Charlie Gardiner Chicago Black Hawks 1
1932–33 Canada Tiny Thompson Boston Bruins 2
1933–34 Canada Charlie Gardiner Chicago Black Hawks 2
1934–35 Canada Lorne Chabot Chicago Black Hawks 1
1935–36 Canada Tiny Thompson Boston Bruins 3
1936–37 Canada Normie Smith Detroit Red Wings 1
1937–38 Canada Tiny Thompson Boston Bruins 4
1938–39 United States Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins 1
1939–40 Canada David Kerr New York Rangers 1
1940–41 Canada Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs 1
1941–42 United States Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins 2
1942–43 Canada Johnny Mowers Detroit Red Wings 1
1943–44 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 1
1944–45 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 2
1945–46 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 3
1946–47 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 4
1947–48 Canada Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs 2
1948–49 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 5
1949–50 Canada Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 6
1950–51 Canada Al Rollins Toronto Maple Leafs 1
1951–52 Canada Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 1
1952–53 Canada Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 2
1953–54 Canada Harry Lumley Toronto Maple Leafs 1
1954–55 Canada Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 3
1955–56 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 1
1956–57 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 2
1957–58 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 3
1958–59 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 4
1959–60 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 5
1960–61 Canada Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 1
1961–62 Canada Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 6
1962–63 Canada Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 1
1963–64 Canada Charlie Hodge Montreal Canadiens 1
1964–65 Canada Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Canada Terry Sawchuk 4
1965–66 Canada Gump Worsley Montreal Canadiens 1
Canada Charlie Hodge 2
1966–67 Canada Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 2
Canada Denis DeJordy 1
1967–68 Canada Gump Worsley Montreal Canadiens 2
Canada Rogatien Vachon 1
1968–69 Canada Glenn Hall St. Louis Blues 3
Canada Jacques Plante 7
1969–70 Canada Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 1
1970–71 Canada Eddie Giacomin New York Rangers 1
Canada Gilles Villemure 1
1971–72 Canada Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 2
Canada Gary Smith 1
1972–73 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 1
1973–74 Canada Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 3
Canada Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers 1
1974–75 Canada Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers 2
1975–76 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 2
1976–77 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 3
Canada Michel Larocque 1
1977–78 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 4
Canada Michel Larocque 2
1978–79 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 5
Canada Michel Larocque 3
1979–80 Canada Don Edwards Buffalo Sabres 1
Canada Bob Sauve 1
1980–81 Canada Denis Herron Montreal Canadiens 1
Canada Michel Larocque 4
Canada Richard Sevigny 1

1981–present[]

The NHL adopted the current criteria for the Vezina Trophy beginning in 1981–82. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a new award for the goaltender(s) playing 25 or more games for the team allowing the fewest goals against.

  Player is still active in the NHL
Season Winner Team Win #
1981–82 Canada Billy Smith New York Islanders 1
1982–83 Canada Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 1
1983–84 United States Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 1
1984–85 Sweden Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers 1
1985–86 United States John Vanbiesbrouck New York Rangers 1
1986–87 Canada Ron Hextall Philadelphia Flyers 1
1987–88 Canada Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers 1
1988–89 Canada Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Canada Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 2
1990–91 Canada Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 1
1991–92 Canada Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 3
1992–93 Canada Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 2
1993–94 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 1
1994–95 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 2
1995–96 United States Jim Carey Washington Capitals 1
1996–97 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 3
1997–98 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 4
1998–99 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 5
1999–2000 Germany Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals 1
2000–01 Czech Republic Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 6
2001–02 Canada Jose Theodore Montreal Canadiens 1
2002–03 Canada Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 1
2003–04 Canada Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 2
Not awarded due to the league's lockout
2005–06 Finland Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 1
2006–07 Canada Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 3
2007–08 Canada Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 4
2008–09 United States Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 United States Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres 1
2010–11 United States Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 2
2011–12 Sweden Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 1
2012–13 Russia Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets 1
2013–14 Finland Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins 1
2014–15 Canada Carey Price Montreal Canadiens 1
2015–16 Canada Braden Holtby Washington Capitals 1
2016–17 Russia Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets 2
2017–18 Finland Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators 1

See also[]

References[]

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