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The current winner, for the 2017-2018 season is Alexander Ovechkin.
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
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
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.
- Committee of the Russian Hall of Fame
- Russian hockey veterans/legends
- Group of KHL general managers
- Russian hockey press/writers
- Television commentators
- Past winners of the award
List of winners
- No winner because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout
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