Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy

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Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy
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Established 1972
Current holder(s) Edgars Kulda
Awarded to the Most Valuable player at the Memorial Cup

The Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy is a Canadian Hockey League (CHL) trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the annual Memorial Cup Tournament. The current holder of the trophy is Edgars Kulda of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.[1]

The trophy was first awarded in 1972 and won by Richard Brodeur of the QMJHL's Cornwall Royals.[2]Taylor Hall won the award in 2009 and 2010 with the Windsor Spitfires making him the first repeat winner in the trophy's history.[3] Through the 2011 season, it has been won 17 times by players on a team representing the Western Hockey League, 13 by those from the OHL and 9 by players from the QMJHL.[4]

The Kamloops Blazers franchise has had the most MVPs at six: three as members of the Blazers, and three when the franchise was known as the New Westminster Bruins. The Cornwall Royals had three MVPs. Six players have won the Smythe Trophy despite their team failing to win the Memorial Cup: Danny Groulx (2002), Chris Madden (1998), Cameron Mann (1996), Sean McKenna (1982), Bart Hunter (1979) and Barry Smith (1975).

The trophy is named in honour of Stafford Smythe, the son of Conn Smythe. Stafford was part of a group that purchased controlling interest in the National Hockey League's (NHL) Toronto Maple Leafs in 1961,[5] and served as the president of the Toronto franchise and Maple Leaf Gardens for many years.[6] The Smythe family donated the trophy to the CHL in 1972, shortly after his death.[7]

Winners[edit]

Tournament Winner[4] Team
2014 Edgars Kulda Edmonton Oil Kings
2013 Nathan MacKinnon Halifax Mooseheads
2012 Michael Chaput Shawinigan Cataractes
2011 Jonathan Huberdeau Saint John Sea Dogs
2010 Taylor Hall Windsor Spitfires
2009 Taylor Hall Windsor Spitfires
2008 Dustin Tokarski Spokane Chiefs
2007 Milan Lucic Vancouver Giants
2006 Alexander Radulov Quebec Remparts
2005 Corey Perry London Knights
2004 Kelly Guard Kelowna Rockets
2003 Derek Roy Kitchener Rangers
2002 Danny Groulx Victoriaville Tigres
2001 Kyle Wanvig Red Deer Rebels
2000 Brad Richards Rimouski Océanic
1999 Nick Boynton Ottawa 67's
1998 Chris Madden Guelph Storm
1997 Christian Dubé Hull Olympiques
1996 Cameron Mann Peterborough Petes
1995 Shane Doan Kamloops Blazers
1994 Darcy Tucker Kamloops Blazers
1993 Ralph Intranuovo Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1992 Scott Niedermayer Kamloops Blazers
1991 Pat Falloon Spokane Chiefs
1990 Iain Fraser Oshawa Generals
1989 Dan Lambert Swift Current Broncos
1988 Rob DiMaio Medicine Hat Tigers
1987 Wayne McBean Medicine Hat Tigers
1986 Steve Chiasson Guelph Platers
1985 Dan Hodgson Prince Albert Raiders
1984 Adam Creighton Ottawa 67's
1983 Alfie Turcotte Portland Winter Hawks
1982 Sean McKenna Sherbrooke Castors
1981 Dale Hawerchuk Cornwall Royals
1980 Dave Ezard Cornwall Royals
1979 Bart Hunter Brandon Wheat Kings
1978 Stan Smyl New Westminster Bruins
1977 Barry Beck New Westminster Bruins
1976 Dale McCourt Hamilton Fincups
1975 Barry Smith New Westminster Bruins
1974 Greg Joly Regina Pats
1973 Mark Howe Toronto Marlboros
1972 Richard Brodeur Cornwall Royals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kulda named MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP". 
  2. ^ "Richard Brodeur player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  3. ^ Parker, Jim (2010-05-24). "Hall eliminates any doubt of star quality". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ a b Bell, Aaron (ed.). 2009–10 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 169. 
  5. ^ "Harold Ballard – True blue... and white!". Toronto Marlboros hockey club. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Gardens stock dispute". Ottawa Citizen. 1972-01-05. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Junior hockey gets Smythe Trophy". Lawrence Journal-World. 1972-03-23. p. 15. Retrieved 2010-05-24.