Best NHL Player ESPY Award

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The Best NHL Player ESPY Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the National Hockey League player, irrespective of nationality, adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year, typically most significantly in the NHL season contested during or immediately prior to the holding of the ESPY Awards ceremony.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and retired sportspersons, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the previous June.a

Canadian centers Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby and right wing Jarome Iginla and Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek are the only players to have been honored multiple times; Lemieux, having captured the award three times, in 1993, 1994, and 1998, and Crosby having captured the award six times, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Of the nineteen awards conferred, just five have gone to players not from Canada (two to Hasek and one to countrymate right wing Jaromír Jágr, one to American Tim Thomas, and one to American Jonathan Quick), and just one has gone to a defenseman (that of 2001, to Canadian Chris Pronger).

     Player won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the winning team in the Stanley Cup Finals.
     Player won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the defeated team in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Year Player Country Team Position
1993 Mario Lemieux  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
1994 Mario Lemieux  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
1995 Mark Messier  Canada New York Rangers Center
1996 Eric Lindros  Canada Philadelphia Flyers Center
1997 Joe Sakic  Canada Colorado Avalanche Center
1998 Mario Lemieux  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
1999 Dominik Hasek  Czech Republic Buffalo Sabres Goaltender
2000 Dominik Hasek  Czech Republic Buffalo Sabres Goaltender
2001 Chris Pronger  Canada St. Louis Blues Defenseman
2002 Jarome Iginla  Canada Calgary Flames Right Wing
2003 Jean-Sebastien Giguere  Canada Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Goaltender
2004 Jarome Iginla  Canada Calgary Flames Right Wing
2005 No award given (2004–05 NHL lockout)
2006 Jaromír Jágr  Czech Republic New York Rangers Right Wing
2007 Sidney Crosby  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
2008 Sidney Crosby  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
2009 Sidney Crosby  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
2010 Sidney Crosby[1]  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
2011 Tim Thomas  United States Boston Bruins Goaltender
2012 Jonathan Quick  United States Los Angeles Kings Goaltender
2013 Sidney Crosby  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center
2014 Sidney Crosby  Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Center

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^a Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance between February 2001 and June 2002.

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