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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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 52 times to 45 different players.

Typically finding a Stanley Cup champion (46 times) who is Canadian (45 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 seven non-frostbacks (Brian Leetch, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Evgeni Malkin, Tim Thomas, Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane). That said, only 4 of the past 6 winners were Canadian (Justin Williams 2014, Duncan Keith 2015, Sidney Crosby 2016-2017) with the three prior recipients being Americans (Tim Thomas 2011, Jonathan Quick 2012, Patrick Kane 2013).

Positionally the award has been dominated by centers (18) and goalies (16), followed by defensemen (10), right wingers (6) and left siders (2). Only Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has taken the trophy three times with the well-heeled fivesome 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 11th of 2017, Crosby became the fifth player to win it twice, third to take it in consecutive postseasons and the third Penguin (Mario Lemieux 1991-1992, Evgeni Malkin 2009) to capture 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).