|The Hart Memorial Trophy|
In 1960, the original trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame. A new trophy took its place, known as the Hart Memorial Trophy.
|Frank Nighbor with the |
original Hart Trophy
The voting takes place at the end of the regular season. Each voter from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is then awarded during the NHL Awards Ceremony after the playoffs.
This voting is not based on just player statistics. Each voter chooses their top five candidates in their opinion using his/her own judgement. Some liken this to a popularity contest. Regardless of one’s opinion of the selection process, the Hart Memorial Trophy is truly an honor to those players awarded it. The recipients of the past ten seasons are as follows: