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Sunday, June 15, 2014

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 49 times to 43 different players.

Typically finding a Stanley Cup champion (43 times) who is Canadian (42 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 1 of the past 4 winners was Canadian (Justin Williams 2014) with the three prior recipients being Americans (Tim Thomas 2011, Jonathan Quick 2012, Patrick Kane 2013).

Positionally the award has been dominated by goalies (16) and centers (16), followed by defensemen (9), right wingers (6) and left siders (2). Only Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has laid claim to the trophy three times with the well-heeled foursome of Bobby Orr, Bernie Parent, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux each taking it twice. Bernie Parent (1974, 1975) and Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992) were the only players to win it in consecutive postseasons.

On June 13th of 2014, right winger Justin Williams became the second Los Angeles Kings player (Jonathan Quick 2012) 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).

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