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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Conn Smythe Trophy - Stanley Cup Playoff MVP

Moments before each Stanley Cup crowning the Conn Smythe Trophy is bestowed upon the Hockey Writers' selection of the postseason's best. First presented to Jean Beliveau in 1965, the honor dedicated to the Leaf legend has been handed out 54 times to 47 different players.

Typically finding a Stanley Cup champion (48 times) who is Canadian (46 times), the trophy has only found six Stanley Cup Final losers (Roger Crozier, Glenn Hall, Reggie Leach, Ron Hextall, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Tim Thomas) and eight non-frostbacks (Brian Leetch, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Evgeni Malkin, Tim Thomas, Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin). That said, only 5 of the past 9 winners were Canadian (Justin Williams 2014, Duncan Keith 2015, Sidney Crosby 2016-2017, Ryan O'Reilly 2019) with the remaining four awarded to a Russian (Alexander Ovechkin 2018) and three Americans (Tim Thomas 2011, Jonathan Quick 2012, Patrick Kane 2013).

Positionally the award has been dominated by centers (19) and goalies (16), followed by defensemen (10), right wingers (6) and left siders (3). Only Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has taken the trophy three times with the well-heeled five-some of Bobby Orr, Bernie Parent, Wayne GretzkyMario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby each taking it twice. Bernie Parent (1974, 1975), Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992) and Sidney Crosby (2016, 2017) are the only to win it in consecutive seasons.

On June 12th of 2019, O'Reilly became the 46th Canadian, 19th center and first St. Louis Blue to earn the honor. Tim Thomas is the eldest recipient of the award at age 37 (2011), while Patrick Roy remains the youngest at age 20 (1986).

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