William M. Jennings Trophy

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William M. Jennings Trophy
William M. Jennings Trophy (Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto).jpg
Established 1981–82 NHL season
Current holder(s) Jonathan Quick
Awarded to the National Hockey League goaltender(s) that have played for the team that allows the fewest goals scored against it.

The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual National Hockey League award given to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play."[1] From 1946 until 1981, the Vezina Trophy had been awarded under that definition, but it was later changed and replaced by the Jennings Trophy. Since its beginnings in 1982, it has been awarded at the end of 32 seasons to 53 different players; mostly in tandems of 2 goalkeepers. The most recent winner is Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings allowed 174 team goals-against in the 2013–14 NHL season.[2]


From 1946 until the 1980–81 season, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season.[3] However, it was recognized that this system often meant the trophy went to the goaltender of the better team rather than the individual and hence the change was made to offer the Vezina to the most outstanding goaltender, as voted by the NHL General Managers. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a replacement and is awarded to the goaltender(s) playing for the team with the fewest goals against.[4]

The Jennings Trophy was donated by the NHL's board of governors and first presented at the conclusion of the 1981–82 season. It is named in honor of the late William M. Jennings, who was a longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers and a builder of ice hockey in the United States.[1] Normally the minimum number of games a goaltender must play to be eligible for the trophy is 25, but for the lockout shortened 1994–95 season, the required minimum was fourteen games.[5]

Six players have managed to win both the Jennings and Vezina Trophy for the same season: Patrick Roy (1988–89 and 1991–92), Ed Belfour (1990–91 and 1992–93), Dominik Hasek (1993–94 and 2000–01), Martin Brodeur (2002–03, 2003–04), Miikka Kiprusoff (2005–06) and Tim Thomas (2008–09).[3] Roy and Brodeur have each won the trophy five times, the most of any goaltenders. Belfour is second, having won the trophy four times. It has been won most often by the Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils, with each team winning the award 5 times. The Chicago Blackhawks have four wins, and the Buffalo Sabres have three wins.


Patrick Roy, five-time winner.
Dominik Hasek, three-time winner.
Martin Brodeur, five-time winner.
Miikka Kiprusoff, one-time winner.
Chris Osgood, two-time winner.
Jaroslav Halak, one-time winner.
  Player is still active as of the end of the 2013 season
Season Winner Team Goals
Win #
1981–82 Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley Montreal Canadiens 223 1
Denis Herron 1
1982–83 Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson New York Islanders 226 1
Billy Smith 1
1983–84 Jensen, AlAl Jensen Washington Capitals 226 1
Pat Riggin 1
1984–85 Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 237 1
Bob Sauve 1
1985–86 Froese, BobBob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 241 1
Darren Jensen 1
1986–87 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 241 1
Brian Hayward 1
1987–88 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 238 2
Brian Hayward 2
1988–89 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 218 3
Brian Hayward 3
1989–90 Moog, AndyAndy Moog Boston Bruins 232 1
Rejean Lemelin 1
1990–91 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 211 1
1991–92 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 207 4
1992–93 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 239 2
1993–94 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 218 1
Grant Fuhr 1
1994–95* Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 115 3
1995–96 Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 181 1
Mike Vernon 1
1996–97 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 182 1
Mike Dunham 1
1997–98 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 166 2
1998–99 Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 168 4
Roman Turek 1
1999–2000 Roman Turek St. Louis Blues 165 2
2000–01 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 184 2
2001–02 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 169 5
2002–03 Martin Brodeur[A] New Jersey Devils 166 3
Cechmanek, RomanRoman Cechmanek[A] Philadelphia Flyers 166 1
Robert Esche[A] 1
2003–04 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 164 4
2004–05 Not awarded due to the lockout
2005–06 Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 200 1
2006–07 Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom Minnesota Wild 191 1
Manny Fernandez 1
2007–08 Dominik Hasek Detroit Red Wings 184 3
Chris Osgood 2
2008–09 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 196 1
Manny Fernandez 2
2009–10 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 191 5
2010–11 Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 185 1
Cory Schneider 1
2011–12 Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott St. Louis Blues 165 1
Jaroslav Halak 1
2012–13** Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks 102 1
Ray Emery 1
2013–14 Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 174 1

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  1. ^ a b "William M. Jennings Trophy history". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  2. ^ "2013-2014 League Standings - Goals Against - NHL.com". National Hockey League. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Vezina Trophy history". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Vezina Trophy history". LegendsofHockey.net. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  5. ^ "William H. Jennings Trophy winners". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-09-17.