Complete List Of NHL Stanley Cup Championship MVPs

Complete List Of NHL Stanley Cup Championship MVPs

Our Complete List Of NHL Stanley Cup Championship MVPs presents a list of some of the most exciting players in all of sports. There is nothing like watching the Stanley Cup Championship Series. For the most part, hockey is a low scoring game, so one player can make a huge difference in the battel on the ice. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, has a storied history dating back to 1893. The Stanley Cup Finals pit the winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals against each other, with the winner being the first to four victories in the best-of-seven series. Each year, the most outstanding player in the Stanley Cup Finals is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. This recognition is a testament to that player’s exceptional performance, resilience, and contributions to their team throughout the playoff run. Below is a list of NHL Stanley Cup MVPs (awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy) and the pertinent details of each winner.

(Note: The Conn Smythe Trophy was first awarded in 1965, so that’s where our list will begin.)

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1965 – Jean Béliveau (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Canadiens won) Born in 1931 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Béliveau played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971.

1966 – Roger Crozier (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens (Red Wings won) Born in 1942 in Bracebridge, Ontario. Crozier played for the Detroit Red Wings (1963–1970) and the Buffalo Sabres (1970–1976).

1967 – Dave Keon (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Matchup: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (Maple Leafs won) Born in 1940 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Keon played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1960–1975), Hartford Whalers (1979–1982), and the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars (1982-1983).

1968 – Glenn Hall (St. Louis Blues)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues (Canadiens won) Born in 1931 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Hall played for the Detroit Red Wings (1952–1957), Chicago Black Hawks (1957–1967), and St. Louis Blues (1967–1971).

1969 – Serge Savard (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues (Canadiens won) Born in 1946 in Landrienne, Quebec. Savard played for the Montreal Canadiens (1966–1981) and Winnipeg Jets (1981-1983).

1970 – Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins)

Matchup:  Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues (Bruins won) Born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario. Orr played for the Boston Bruins(1966–1976) and Chicago Black Hawks (1976-1979).

1971 – Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup:  Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks (Canadiens won) Born in 1947 in Hamilton, Ontario. Dryden played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens from 1970 to 1979.

1972 – Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins)

Matchup: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers (Bruins won) Born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario.

1973 – Yvan Cournoyer (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks (Canadiens won) Born in 1943 in Drummondville, Quebec. Cournoyer played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens from 1963 to 1979.

1974 – Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)

Matchup:  Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins (Flyers won) Born in 1945 in Montreal, Quebec. Parent played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1967–1971, 1973–1979) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (1970-1972).

1975 – Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)

Matchup: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres (Flyers won) Born in 1945 in Montreal, Quebec.

1976 – Reggie Leach (Philadelphia Flyers)

Matchup:  Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Canadiens won) Born in 1950 in Riverton, Manitoba. Leach played for the Boston Bruins (1970-1972), Philadelphia Flyers (1974-1982), and Detroit Red Wings (1982-1983).

1977 – Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup:  Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins (Canadiens won) Born in 1951 in Thurso, Quebec. Lafleur played for the Montreal Canadiens(1971–1985, 1988-1991), New York Rangers(1988-1989), and Quebec Nordiques (1989-1991).

1978 – Larry Robinson (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins (Canadiens won) Born in 1951 in Winchester, Ontario. Robinson played for the Montreal Canadiens (1972–1989) and Los Angeles Kings (1989-1992).

1979 – Bob Gainey (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers (Canadiens won) Born in 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario. Gainey played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens from 1973 to 1989.

1980 – Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders)

Matchup:  New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Islanders won) Born in 1956 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan. Trottier played for the New York Islanders (1975–1990) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1990-1994).

1981 – Butch Goring (New York Islanders)

Matchup: New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars (Islanders won) Born in 1949 in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Goring played for the Los Angeles Kings (1969–1980), New York Islanders (1980–1985), and Boston Bruins (1985).

1982 – Mike Bossy (New York Islanders)

Matchup:  New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks (Islanders won) Born in 1957 in Montreal, Quebec. Bossy played his entire NHL career for the New York Islanders from 1977 to 1987.

1983 – Billy Smith (New York Islanders)

Matchup:  New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers (Islanders won) Born in 1950 in Perth, Ontario. Smith played for the Los Angeles Kings (1971–1972) and New York Islanders (1972–1989).

1984 – Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers)

Matchup:  Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders (Oilers won) Born in 1961 in St. Albert, Alberta. Messier played for the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1991), New York Rangers (1991–1997, 2000–2004), and Vancouver Canucks (1997–2000).

1985 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers)

Matchup: Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Oilers won) Born in 1961 in Brantford, Ontario. Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988), Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996), St. Louis Blues (1996), and New York Rangers (1996–1999).

1986 – Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames (Canadiens won) Born in 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec. Roy played for the Montreal Canadiens (1984–1995) and Colorado Avalanche (1995–2003).

1987 – Ron Hextall (Philadelphia Flyers)

Matchup:  Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Oilers won) Born in 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba. Hextall played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1986–1992, 1994–1999), Quebec Nordiques (1992–1993), and New York Islanders (1993–1994).

1988 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers)

Matchup: Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins (Oilers won) Born in 1961 in Brantford, Ontario.

1989 – Al MacInnis (Calgary Flames)

Matchup:  Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens (Flames won) Born in 1963 in Port Hood, Nova Scotia. MacInnis played for the Calgary Flames (1981–1994) and St. Louis Blues (1994–2004).

1990 – Bill Ranford (Edmonton Oilers)

Matchup:  Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins (Oilers won) Born in 1966 in Brandon, Manitoba. Ranford played for the Edmonton Oilers (1987–1996, 1999–2000), Boston Bruins (1996–1997), Washington Capitals (1997–1998), Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–1999), and Detroit Red Wings (1999–2000).

1991 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Matchup:  Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota North Stars (Penguins won) Born in 1965 in Montreal, Quebec. Lemieux played his entire NHL career for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984 to 2006.

1992 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Matchup: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Penguins won) Born in 1965 in Montreal, Quebec.

1993 – Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)

Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings (Canadiens won) Born in 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec.

1994 – Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)

Matchup:  New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks (Rangers won) Born in 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leetch played for the New York Rangers(1987–2004), Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–2004), and Boston Bruins (2005–2006).

1995 – Claude Lemieux (New Jersey Devils)

Matchup: New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings (Devils won) Born in 1965 in Buckingham, Quebec. Lemieux played for the Montreal Canadiens (1983–1990), New Jersey Devils (1990–1995, 1999–2000, 2008–2009), Colorado Avalanche (1995–1999), Phoenix Coyotes (1999–2000), and Dallas Stars (2002–2003).

1996 – Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)

Matchup: Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers (Avalanche won) Born in 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia. Sakic played his entire NHL career for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche from 1988 to 2009.

1997 – Mike Vernon (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup:  Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Red Wings won) Born in 1963 in Calgary, Alberta. Vernon played for the Calgary Flames (1982–1994, 2000–2002), Detroit Red Wings (1994–1997), San Jose Sharks (1997–1999), and Florida Panthers (1999–2000).

1998 – Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals (Red Wings won) Born in 1965 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Yzerman played his entire NHL career for the Detroit Red Wings from 1983 to 2006.

1999 – Joe Nieuwendyk (Dallas Stars)

Matchup: Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres (Stars won) Born in 1966 in Oshawa, Ontario. Nieuwendyk played for the Calgary Flames (1986–1995), Dallas Stars (1995–2002), New Jersey Devils (2002–2003), Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–2004), and Florida Panthers (2005–2006).

2000 – Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)

Matchup: New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars (Devils won) Born in 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario. Stevens played for the Washington Capitals (1982–1990), St. Louis Blues (1990–1991), and New Jersey Devils (1991–2004).

2001 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)

Matchup: Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils(Avalanche won) Born in 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec.

2002 – Nicklas Lidström (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Red Wings won) Born in 1970 in Avesta

2002 – Nicklas Lidström (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Red Wings won) Born in 1970 in Avesta, Sweden. Lidström played his entire NHL career for the Detroit Red Wings from 1991 to 2012.

2003 – Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)

Matchup:  New Jersey Devils vs. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (Devils won) Born in 1977 in Montreal, Quebec. Giguère played for the Hartford Whalers (1996–1997), Calgary Flames (1997–2000), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim/Anaheim Ducks (2000–2010), Toronto Maple Leafs (2010–2011), and Colorado Avalanche (2011–2014).

2004 – Brad Richards (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Matchup: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames (Lightning won) Born in 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island. Richards played for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–2008), Dallas Stars (2008–2011), New York Rangers (2011–2014), Chicago Blackhawks (2014–2015), and Detroit Red Wings (2015–2016).

2006 – Cam Ward (Carolina Hurricanes)

Matchup: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers (Hurricanes won) Born in 1984 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Ward played for the Carolina Hurricanes (2005–2018) and Chicago Blackhawks (2018–2019).

2007 – Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks)

Matchup: Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators (Ducks won) Born in 1973 in Edmonton, Alberta. Niedermayer played for the New Jersey Devils (1991–2004) and Anaheim Ducks (2005–2010).

2008 – Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins(Red Wings won) Born in 1980 in Njurunda, Sweden. Zetterberg played his entire NHL career for the Detroit Red Wings from 2002 to 2018.

2009 – Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Matchup: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings (Penguins won) Born in 1986 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Malkin has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2006.

2010 – Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

Matchup:  Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Blackhawks won) Born in 1988 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Toews has played for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2007.

2011 – Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)

Matchup:  Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks (Bruins won) Born in 1974 in Flint, Michigan. Thomas played for the Boston Bruins (2002–2012), New York Islanders (2013), and Dallas Stars (2013–2014).

2012 – Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings)

Matchup: Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils (Kings won) Born in 1986 in Milford, Connecticut. Quick has played for the Los Angeles Kings since 2007.

2013 – Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)

Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins (Blackhawks won) Born in 1988 in Buffalo, New York. Kane has played for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2007.

2014 – Justin Williams (Los Angeles Kings)

Matchup: Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers (Kings won) Born in 1981 in Cobourg, Ontario. Williams played for the Philadelphia Flyers (2000–2004), Carolina Hurricanes (2004–2009, 2017–2019), Los Angeles Kings (2009–2015), Washington Capitals (2015–2017), and Carolina Hurricanes again (2019–2020).

2015 – Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)

Matchup:  Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Blackhawks won) Born in 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keith has played for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2005.

2016 – Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Matchup: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks (Penguins won) Born in 1987 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Crosby has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2005.

2017 – Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Matchup: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators (Penguins won) Born in 1987 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

2018 – Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Matchup: Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Capitals won) Born in 1985 in Moscow, Russia. Ovechkin has played for the Washington Capitals since 2005.

2019 – Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues)

Matchup: St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins (Blues won) Born in 1991 in Clinton, Ontario. O’Reilly has played for the Colorado Avalanche (2009–2015), Buffalo Sabres (2015–2018), and St. Louis Blues (2018–present ).

2020 – Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Matchup: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars (Lightning won) Born in 1990 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Hedman has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning since 2009.

2021 – Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Matchup: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens (Lightning won) Born in 1994 in Tyumen, Russia. Vasilevskiy has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning since 2014.

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