Art Ross Trophy
|Art Ross Trophy|
|Established||1947–48 NHL season|
|Current holder(s)||Sidney Crosby|
|Awarded to the||"Player who leads the League in scoring points at the end of the regular season."|
The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League (NHL) player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. It was presented to the league by former player, General Manager, and head coach Art Ross. The trophy has been awarded 65 times to 27 players since its inception in the 1947–48 NHL season. Ross is also known for his design of the official NHL puck, with slightly bevelled edges for better control.
The current holder is Sidney Crosby, who scored 104 points in the 2013–14 season. The win came six years after Crosby won the trophy in the 2006–07 NHL season, when he became the youngest player in NHL history to win the scoring title.
The Art Ross Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1947 by Arthur Howie "Art" Ross, former General Manager and head coach of the Boston Bruins and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee as a player. Elmer Lach was the winner of the first Art Ross Trophy, which was awarded at the conclusion of the 1947–48 season.
Players from the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the trophy 15 times (all within a 26 season span from 1988-2014); players from the Montreal Canadiens have won it nine times; and the Chicago Blackhawks have seen players win the award eight times. Although Joe Thornton, winner from the 2005–06 season, started the season playing for the Boston Bruins, he finished with the San Jose Sharks and the award counts for the Sharks. Therefore, Boston Bruins follow the Blackhawks with seven players winning the trophy.
From 1963 to 2001, Marcel Dionne and Bryan Trottier were the only single-time winners of the scoring title, while Stan Mikita, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Jaromir Jagr had won it on multiple occasions. For two decades, from 1981 to 2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy: Gretzky, Lemieux and Jagr. The streak ended when Jarome Iginla won the trophy in 2002.
Gretzky has won the trophy ten times, including seven consecutive, during his 20-year NHL career. Gordie Howe and Lemieux have each won it six times, while Esposito and Jagr each have five. Jagr, from the Czech Republic, has won the award the most times out of non-Canadians. Gretzky is the only player to win the trophy for more than one team, while Thornton is the only player to win it while playing for two different teams in one season. Stan Mikita is the only player in NHL history to win the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng trophies all in the same season, which he did twice (1966–67 and 1967–68). Orr is the only defenseman to win the scoring title, doing so in 1970 and 1975, and the only player to capture four individual awards as he won the Hart, Norris, and Conn Smythe Trophies in 1970 as well.
In 2007, Sidney Crosby not only became the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy at age 19, he became the youngest scoring champion in any major North American professional sport. At almost twice Crosby's age, Martin St. Louis became the oldest player to capture the Art Ross at the age of 37, also having the longest gap between scoring titles (nine years). Henrik and Daniel Sedin are the only siblings to win the award, in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Since 2001, only three players, Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and St. Louis have won the award more than once: Crosby in 2007 and 2014, Malkin in 2009 and 2012, and St. Louis in 2004 and 2013.
- Player with most goals
- Player with fewer games played
- Player scoring first goal of the season
Scoring ties happened in the 1961–62, 1979–80, and 1994–95 season, all of them being decided by the first tiebreaker of scoring more goals. The NHL's award to recognize the leading goal-scorer, the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, does not have a tiebreaker, allowing multiple winners to be recognized in any one season.
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