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Calder Memorial Trophy


Calder Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League
First award 1936–37 NHL season
Most recent Aaron Ekblad

The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League (NHL)." Serving as the NHL's Rookie of the Year award, this version of the trophy has been awarded since its creation for the 1936–37 NHL season. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner.


  • History 1
  • Winners 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


NHL president Red Dutton presenting the Calder Memorial Trophy to Gus Bodnar in 1944

The Calder Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League (NHL) from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season.[1] After Calder's death in 1943 the trophy was renamed the Calder Memorial Trophy.[2]

In 1990, Sergei Makarov of the Calgary Flames became the oldest player, at age 31, to win the trophy, even though he had played for the "unofficially" professional team HC CSKA Moscow (the "Red Army" team) in the Soviet Union.[3] After that season, the rules for awarding the Calder were amended so that players could only be eligible if they were under 26 years old by September 15 of their rookie season.[2]

To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league.[2]"The latter fact was perhaps most prominent when in the 1979–80 season, first-year phenom Wayne Gretzky was not eligible to win the Calder Trophy despite scoring 137 points (the previous rookie record at the time being 95), because he had played a full season the previous year in the World Hockey Association.[4] In 1991, goaltender Ed Belfour won the Calder having previously appeared in 32 games with the Chicago Blackhawks over the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons.[5] Belfour was eligible for the award because nine of those appearances came during the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs, and the other 23 appearances were made during the 1988-89 season. The nine playoff games and 33 games played with the Canada men's national ice hockey team did not count towards the regular season eligibility requirements. In 2010–11, Logan Couture was eligible for the Calder Trophy despite having played in 40 previous games (25 in the regular season and 15 in the playoffs, both in 2009–10), while Alex Pietrangelo was ineligible despite having played only 17 previous games (eight in 2008–09 and nine in 2009–10, both times sent back to juniors).

The trophy has been won the most times by rookies from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have won it on nine occasions. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10–7–5–3–1 points system.[6] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.


Howie Meeker, winner in 1947
Terry Sawchuk, winner in 1951
Roger Crozier, winner in 1965
Eric Vail, winner in 1975
Mario Lemieux, winner in 1985
Pavel Bure, winner in 1992
Daniel Alfredsson, winner in 1996
Alexander Ovechkin, winner in 2006
Gabriel Landeskog, winner in 2012
Positions key
C Centre
LW Left Wing
D Defence
RW Right Wing
G Goaltender
  Player is still active in the NHL
  Player is inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame
Calder Memorial Trophy winners
Season Winner Team Position Age[1]
1932–33 Voss, CarlCarl Voss Detroit Red Wings C 25
1933–34 Blinco, RussRuss Blinco Montreal Maroons C 25
1934–35 Schriner, SweeneySweeney Schriner New York Americans LW 22
1935–36 Karakas, MikeMike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks G 23
1936–37 Apps, SylSyl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs C 21
1937–38 Dahlstrom, CullyCully Dahlstrom Chicago Black Hawks C 24
1938–39 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek Boston Bruins G 24
1939–40 MacDonald, KilbyKilby MacDonald New York Rangers LW 25
1940–41 Quilty, JohnnyJohnny Quilty Montreal Canadiens C 19
1941–42 Warwick, GrantGrant Warwick New York Rangers RW 19
1942–43 Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs RW 19
1943–44 Bodnar, GusGus Bodnar Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1944–45 McCool, FrankFrank McCool Toronto Maple Leafs G 25
1945–46 Laprade, EdgarEdgar Laprade New York Rangers C 25
1946–47 Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker Toronto Maple Leafs RW 21
1947–48 McFadden, JimJim McFadden Detroit Red Wings C 27
1948–49 Lund, PenttiPentti Lund New York Rangers RW 22
1949–50 Gelineau, JackJack Gelineau Boston Bruins G 24
1950–51 Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings G 20
1951–52 Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens RW 20
1952–53 Worsley, GumpGump Worsley New York Rangers G 23
1953–54 Henry, CamilleCamille Henry New York Rangers C 20
1954–55 Litzenberger, EdEd Litzenberger Chicago Black Hawks RW 22
1955–56 Hall, GlennGlenn Hall Detroit Red Wings G 23
1956–57 Regan, LarryLarry Regan Boston Bruins RW 26
1957–58 Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs LW 19
1958–59 Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom Montreal Canadiens C 20
1959–60 Hay, BillBill Hay Chicago Black Hawks C 23
1960–61 Keon, DaveDave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1961–62 Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens RW 21
1962–63 Douglas, KentKent Douglas Toronto Maple Leafs D 26
1963–64 Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D 21
1964–65 Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier Detroit Red Wings G 22
1965–66 Selby, BritBrit Selby Toronto Maple Leafs LW 20
1966–67 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D 18
1967–68 Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson Boston Bruins C 21
1968–69 Grant, DannyDanny Grant Minnesota North Stars RW 23
1969–70 Esposito, TonyTony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks G 26
1970–71 Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres C 19
1971–72 Dryden, KenKen Dryden Montreal Canadiens G 24
1972–73 Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers New York Rangers LW 21
1973–74 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders D 19
1974–75 Vail, EricEric Vail Atlanta Flames LW 20
1975–76 Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier New York Islanders C 19
1976–77 Plett, WilliWilli Plett Atlanta Flames RW 21
1977–78 Bossy, MikeMike Bossy New York Islanders RW 20
1978–79 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith Minnesota North Stars C 20
1979–80 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins D 19
1980–81 Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny Quebec Nordiques C 24
1981–82 Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets C 18
1982–83 Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer Chicago Black Hawks RW 21
1983–84 Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres G 18
1984–85 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 19
1985–86 Suter, GaryGary Suter Calgary Flames D 21
1986–87 Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings LW 20
1987–88 Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames C 21
1988–89 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers D 20
1989–90 Makarov, SergeiSergei Makarov Calgary Flames RW 31
1990–91 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks G 25
1991–92 Bure, PavelPavel Bure Vancouver Canucks RW 20
1992–93 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets RW 22
1993–94 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils G 21
1994–95 Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques C 21
1995–96 Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators RW 22
1996–97 Berard, BryanBryan Berard New York Islanders D 19
1997–98 Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov Boston Bruins LW 19
1998–99 Drury, ChrisChris Drury Colorado Avalanche C 22
1999–2000 Gomez, ScottScott Gomez New Jersey Devils C 19
2000–01 Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks G 25
2001–02 Heatley, DanyDany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers RW 20
2002–03 Jackman, BarretBarret Jackman St. Louis Blues D 21
2003–04 Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft Boston Bruins G 23
2004–05[2] &
2005–06 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 20
2006–07 Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 20
2007–08 Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW 19
2008–09 Mason, SteveSteve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets G 21
2009–10 Myers, TylerTyler Myers Buffalo Sabres D 20
2010–11 Skinner, JeffJeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes C 18
2011–12 Landeskog, GabrielGabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche LW 19
2012–13 Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers LW 19
2013–14 MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche C 18
2014–15 Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad Florida Panthers D 19
  1. ^ Player's age at the time of award win
  2. ^ No winner because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout

See also


  • Calder Trophy history at
  • Calder Trophy profile at Legends of
  1. ^ "Silverware: Calder Memorial Trophy". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Calder Memorial Trophy".  
  3. ^ "Sergei Makarov". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Wayne Gretzky-The Great One". Oilers Heritage. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ed Belfour hockey statistics and profile". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ Dolezar, Jon (April 20, 2003). "Foppa shows the most Hart".  
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