Kharlamov Trophy

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The Kharlamov Trophy is an ice hockey award given to the best Russian player, of the previous season.

The current winner, for the 2016-2017 season is Evgeni Malkin.

History[edit]

The Trophy was established by Sovetsky Sport in 2002, and is named after the legendary Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov. Presentation of the award and the ceremony are held by Sovetsky Sport every summer in Moscow.

2002 - 2015: Best Russian Player in the NHL[edit]

Between 2002 and 2015 only players from the NHL were eligible for the award. Voting took place at the conclusion of each season. Every Russian player, who'd played at least one game in the NHL during that season, would be allowed to name his top 3 candidates in a 1st-2nd-3rd format. Players could not vote for themselves.

The award was a de facto, Best Russian NHL player award.

2016 - present: Best Russian Player in the World[edit]

Starting with the 2016 award, the voting participation as well as eligibility rules were greatly modified.

Eligibility was expanded, to any Russian player from the National Hockey League or the Kontinental Hockey League. As the KHL is a predominantly Russian league, the number of potential contenders for the award is now in the hundreds.

With the number of candidates heavily increased, the voting process was revamped as well. With the 2016 award onward, a shortlist of the 20 best players from the NHL and KHL is compiled. It is then voted on by a selection committee composed of five groups of experts, each consisting of 13 individuals, plus the past award winners.[1]

Voting membership[edit]

  1. Committee of the Russian Hall of Fame
  2. Russian hockey veterans/legends
  3. Group of KHL general managers
  4. Russian hockey press/writers
  5. Television commentators
  6. Past winners of the award

List of winners[edit]

  Player is still active in the NHL or KHL
Kharlamov Trophy winners
Season Winner Team League Win #
2003 Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings NHL 01
2004 Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers NHL 01
2005[a]
2006 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 01
2007 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 02
2008 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 03
2009 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 04
2010 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 05
2011 Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings NHL 01
2012 Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 01
2013 Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings NHL 02
2014 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 06
2015 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL 07
2016 Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin Chicago Blackhawks NHL 01
2017 Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 02
  1. ^ No winner because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout

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