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NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy Winners

NHL Most Valuable Players since 1923.

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UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Wayne Gretzky #99 of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice during an NHL game against the New York Islanders on November 14, 1981 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
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The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's Most Valuable Player during the regular season, as voted by NHL writers and journalists.

2012 Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

2011 Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks

2010 Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks

2009 Alexander Ovechkin, C, Washington Capitals

2008 Alexander Ovechkin, C, Washington Capitals

2007 Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

2006 Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks

2004 Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

2003 Peter Forsberg, C, Colorado Avalanche

2002 Jose Theordore, G, Montreal Canadiens

2001 Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche

2000 Chris Pronger, D, St. Louis Blues

1999 Jaromir Jagr, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins

1998 Dominik Hasek, G, Buffalo Sabres

1997 Dominik Hasek, G, Buffalo Sabres

1996 Mario Lemieux, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

1995 Eric Lindros, C, Philadelphia Flyers

1994 Sergei Fedorov, C, Detroit Red Wings

1993 Mario Lemieux, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

1992 Mark Messier, C, New York Rangers

1991 Brett Hull, RW, St. Louis Blue

1990 Mark Messier, C, Edmonton Oilers

1989 Wayne Gretzky, C, Los Angeles Kings

1988 Mario Lemieux, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

1987 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1986 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1985 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1984 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1983 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1982 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1981 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1980 Wayne Gretzky, C, Edmonton Oilers

1979 Bryan Trottier, C, NY Islanders

1978 Guy Lafleur, RW, Montreal Canadiens

1977 Guy Lafleur, RW, Montreal Canadiens

1976 Bobby Clarke, C, Philadelphia Flyers

1975 Bobby Clarke, C, Philadelphia Flyers

1974 Phil Esposito, C, Boston Bruins

1973 Bobby Clarke, C, Philadelphia Flyers

1972 Bobby Orr, D, Boston Bruins

1971 Bobby Orr, D, Boston Bruins

1970 Bobby Orr, D, Boston Bruins

1969 Phil Esposito, C, Boston Bruins

1968 Stan Mikita, C, Chicago Blackhawks

1967 Stan Mikita, C, Chicago Blackhawks

1966 Bobby Hull, C, Chicago Blackhawks

1965 Bobby Hull, C, Chicago Blackhawks

1964 Jean Beliveau, C, Montreal Canadiens

1963 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1962 Jacques Plante, G, Montreal Canadiens

1961 Bernie Geoffrion, RW, Montreal Canadiens

1960 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1959 Andy Bathgate, RW, New York Rangers

1958 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1957 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1956 Jean Beliveau, C, Montreal Canadiens

1955 Ted Kennedy, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

1954 Al Rollins, G, Chicago Blackhawks

1953 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1952 Gordie Howe, RW, Detroit Red Wings

1951 Milt Schmidt, C, Boston Bruins

1950 Chuck Raynor, G, New York Rangers

1949 Sid Abel, C, Detroit Red Wings

1948 Buddy O'Connor, C, New York Rangers

1947 Maurice Richard, RW, Montreal Canadiens

1946 Max Bentley, C, Chicago Blackhawks

1945 Elmer Lach, C, Montreal Canadiens

1944 Babe Pratt, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

1943 Bill Cowley, C, Boston Bruins

1942 Tommy Anderson, D, Brooklyn Americans

1941 Bill Cowley, C, Boston Bruins

1940 Ebbie Goodfellow, D, Detroit Red Wings

1939 Toe Blake, LW, Montreal Canadiens

1938 Eddie Shore, D, Boston Bruins

1937 Babe Siebert, D, Montreal Canadiens

1936 Eddie Shore, D, Boston Bruins

1934 Aurele Joliat, LW, Montreal Canadiens

1938 Eddie Shore, D, Boston Bruins

1933 Eddie Shore, D, Boston Bruins

1932 Howie Morenz, C, Montreal Canadiens

1931 Howie Morenz, C, Montreal Canadiens

1930 Nels Stewart, C, Montreal Maroons

1929 Roy Worters, G, New York Americans

1928 Howie Morenz, C, Montreal Canadiens

1927 Herb Gardiner, D, Montreal Canadiens

1926 Nels Stewart, C, Montreal Maroons

1925 Billy Burch, C, Hamilton Tigers

1924 Frank Nighbor, C, Ottawa Senators

  • Voting for the Hart Trophy takes place at the conclusion of the NHL regular season, ensuring that playoff performance does not influence the vote.
  • Wayne Gretzky leads all players with nine Hart Trophy wins, including eight consecutive from 1980 to 1987.
  • Gretzky and Mark Messier are the only players to win the Hart Trophy with more than one team.
  • Joe Thornton is the only player to win the Hart Trophy in a season when he played for more than one team. Thornton was traded from the Boston Bruins to the San Jose Sharks during the 2005-06 NHL season.
  • The winner is determined in a vote by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
  • The original Hart Trophy was retired in 1960 and replaced by a new trophy called the Hart Memorial Trophy.

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