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Vezina Trophy

Vezina Trophy
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for National Hockey League's top goaltender who is "adjudged to be the best at this position"
First award 1926–27 NHL season
Most recent Carey Price

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to 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 number of goals during the regular season;[1] now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded for this.


  • History 1
    • 1946 to 1981 1.1
    • 1981 to the present 1.2
    • Records and distinctions 1.3
  • Winners 2
    • 1927–1981 2.1
    • 1982–present 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vezina Trophy history". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Referee-in-Chief as Supervisor in Major Pro Hockey". Montreal Gazette. May 16, 1927. p. 20. 
  3. ^ a b "No Changes Likely in Pro Circuit". The Globe and Mail. May 16, 1927. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "Frank Calder to deal with Art Ross". Toronto Star. May 16, 1927. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "Hainsworth Wins Memorial Trophy". The Telegraph Herald and Times Journal. April 4, 1929. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "Sports on Parade". Montreal Gazette. March 20, 1936. p. 14. 
  7. ^ "Brimsek No. 1 Rookie". The Windsor Daily Star. March 30, 1939. p. 30. 
  8. ^ "Tough Job! NHL Goaltenders having Trouble". The Leader-Post. December 5, 1942. p. 7. 
  9. ^ "NHL Trophy Awards are Announced". Ottawa Citizen. April 18, 1933. p. 6. 
  10. ^ a b "Red Wings, Bruins Play to Draw, 2-2 - Mowers Maintains Three-Goal Edge Over Brimsek in Vezina Trophy Race". Montreal Gazette. March 17, 1941. p. 12. 
  11. ^ "Goal Tenders Fighting for Vezina Trophy". The Day. March 17, 1941. p. 7. 
  12. ^ a b "NHL Governors Reinstate "Babe" Pratt But Eliminate Right of Appeal In Future". Ottawa Citizen. February 15, 1946. p. 14. 
  13. ^ a b DeGeer, Vern (February 15, 1946). "N.H.L Players to Slice Juicy Playoff Melon". The Globe and Mail. p. 15. 
  14. ^ "To Review Puck Plan - System for Awarding of Cups May be Altered". Windsor Daily Star. October 31, 1946. p. 32. 
  15. ^ "Sawchuk Will Share Vezina Wealth With Johnny Bower". Reading Eagle. March 29, 1965. p. 17. 
  16. ^  ,
  17. ^ "Vezina Trophy history". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  18. ^ Jon Dolezar (2003-04-20). "Foppa shows the most Hart". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  19. ^ "Hart Memorial Trophy history". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  • Vezina Trophy history at
  • Vezina Trophy history at Legends of
  • Vezina Trophy voting history at The Goaltender Home Page - complete voting history from 1981-82 (when the award switched to a voting criterion) to present.


See also

Season Winner Team Win #
1981–82 Smith, BillyBilly Smith New York Islanders 1
1982–83 Peeters, PetePete Peeters Boston Bruins 1
1983–84 Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 1
1984–85 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers 1
1985–86 Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck New York Rangers 1
1986–87 Hextall, RonRon Hextall Philadelphia Flyers 1
1987–88 Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers 1
1988–89 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 2
1990–91 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 1
1991–92 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 3
1992–93 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 2
1993–94 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 1
1994–95 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 2
1995–96 Carey, JimJim Carey Washington Capitals 1
1996–97 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 3
1997–98 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 4
1998–99 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 5
1999–2000 Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig Washington Capitals 1
2000–01 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 6
2001–02 Theodore, JoseJose Theodore Montreal Canadiens 1
2002–03 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 1
2003–04 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 2
Not awarded due to the league's lockout
2005–06 Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 1
2006–07 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 3
2007–08 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 4
2008–09 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 Miller, RyanRyan Miller Buffalo Sabres 1
2010–11 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 2
2011–12 Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 1
2012–13 Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets 1
2013–14 Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask Boston Bruins 1
2014–15 Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens 1
  Player is still active in the NHL

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.


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

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 1965–1981, the Vezina was awarded to any goaltenders who played 25 or more games for the team allowing the fewest goals against.

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



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]

Jacques Plante holds the record for winning the most Vezinas with seven, followed by Bill Durnan and Dominik Hasek both of whom have won six. 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]

Records and distinctions

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by the 30 general managers of the teams in the National Hockey League, and each individual voter ranks 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.

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) more than 25 games for the team that allows the fewest goals, serves the function of the old Vezina.

1981 to the present

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 performance. 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 the 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]

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 the Montreal Canadiens' 175 goals against and the Chicago Blackhawks' 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 who played a minimum of 25 games to qualify for the Vezina if his team allowed the fewest goals against, and applied this rule retroactively to Sawchuk and Bower.[16] Under this criteria, Turk Broda would have shared the Vezina that Al Rollins won in 1950–51. This criterion was in place until 1980–81.[1]

As teams started to regularly use more than one goaltender in a season, it became more common for the goaltender with the lowest GAA to not 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 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 three Vezina winners – 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) failed to start every game for their respective clubs.

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. 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 two clubs, but the Vezina was awarded to Charlie Gardiner who started all 48 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that allowed the fewest goals.

In February 1946, the NHL officially stated that the trophy was to go to the team that allowed the fewest number of 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, that the manner of awarding the trophy to Bibeault or Durnan would be decided by his management.[13] However at a banquet that October, National Hockey League President Clarence Campbell indicated that while the league was considering changing the voting methods of the Calder Memorial Trophy, the Hart Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy, the criteria for the Vezina was not actually changing.[14]

1946 to 1981

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 Trophy.[9] The hockey media would 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]

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]


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