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NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Betting Tips
The NHL Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player considered to be the best ice hockey player in the entire National Hockey League over the course of that season, ie. the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Many leading bookmakers offer customers the chance to back the biggest names in ice hockey for this award, with the market consistently updated throughout the entire NHL regular season.
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NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Betting Tips
There are some NHL Hart Memorial Trophy trends you should know before placing a bet on this market.
Winning the Stanley Cup Finals is not a guarantee for MVP honours in the National Hockey League. In fact, no player since 2004 has won both the championship and the Hart Memorial Trophy in the same season.
Center has been the dominant position to provide the winner in recent years, with four of the last six winners operating from that spot. Alternatively, no defenseman has won this award since 2000 and no goaltender has claimed it since 2015.
Winning in back-to-back seasons is difficult too – Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was the last player to achieve the feat when he claimed the NHL Hart Memorial Trophy in 2008 and 2009.
Previous NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Winners
As you would expect, the list of players that have won the NHL Hart Memorial Trophy over the last 100 years consists of a who’s who of ice hockey.
Standing at the top of the tree is former Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings legend, Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky won the NHL’s most valuable player award a record-setting nine times during his incredible career, and between 1980 and 1989 he was the dominant force in the game, winning the trophy in seven straight seasons.
More recently, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals won the NHL Hart Memorial Trophy in back-to-back seasons in 2007/08 and 2008/09, before winning it for a third time in 2012/13.
|Season||Player (No. of times)||Position||Team|
|1923–24||Frank Nighbor||Centre||Ottawa Senators|
|1924–25||Billy Burch||Centre||Hamilton Tigers|
|1925–26||Nels Stewart||Centre||Montreal Maroons|
|1926–27||Herb Gardiner||Defenceman||Montreal Canadiens|
|1927–28||Howie Morenz||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1928–29||Roy Worters||Goaltender||New York Americans|
|1929–30||Nels Stewart (2)||Centre||Montreal Maroons|
|1930–31||Howie Morenz (2)||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1931–32||Howie Morenz (3)||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1932–33||Eddie Shore||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1933–34||Aurèle Joliat||Left wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1934–35||Eddie Shore (2)||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1935–36||Eddie Shore (3)||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1936–37||Babe Siebert||Defenceman||Montreal Canadiens|
|1937–38||Eddie Shore (4)||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1938–39||Toe Blake||Left wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1939–40||Ebbie Goodfellow||Defenceman||Detroit Red Wings|
|1940–41||Bill Cowley||Centre||Boston Bruins|
|1941–42||Tommy Anderson||Defenceman||Brooklyn Americans|
|1942–43||Bill Cowley (2)||Centre||Boston Bruins|
|1943–44||Babe Pratt||Defenceman||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1944–45||Elmer Lach||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1945–46||Max Bentley||Centre||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1946–47||Maurice Richard||Right wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1947–48||Buddy O'Connor||Centre||New York Rangers|
|1948–49||Sid Abel||Centre||Detroit Red Wings|
|1949–50||Chuck Rayner||Goaltender||New York Rangers|
|1950–51||Milt Schmidt||Centre||Boston Bruins|
|1951–52||Gordie Howe||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1952–53||Gordie Howe (2)||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1953–54||Al Rollins||Goaltender||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1954–55||Ted Kennedy||Centre||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1955–56||Jean Béliveau||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1956–57||Gordie Howe (3)||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1957–58||Gordie Howe (4)||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1958–59||Andy Bathgate||Right wing||New York Rangers|
|1959–60||Gordie Howe (5)||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1960–61||Bernie Geoffrion||Right wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1961–62||Jacques Plante||Goaltender||Montreal Canadiens|
|1962–63||Gordie Howe (6)||Right wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|1963–64||Jean Béliveau (2)||Centre||Montreal Canadiens|
|1964–65||Bobby Hull||Left wing||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1965–66||Bobby Hull (2)||Left wing||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1966–67||Stan Mikita||Centre||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1967–68||Stan Mikita (2)||Centre||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1968–69||Phil Esposito||Centre||Boston Bruins|
|1969–70||Bobby Orr||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1970–71||Bobby Orr (2)||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1971–72||Bobby Orr (3)||Defenceman||Boston Bruins|
|1972–73||Bobby Clarke||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1973–74||Phil Esposito (2)||Centre||Boston Bruins|
|1974–75||Bobby Clarke (2)||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1975–76||Bobby Clarke (3)||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1976–77||Guy Lafleur||Right wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1977–78||Guy Lafleur (2)||Right wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|1978–79||Bryan Trottier||Centre||New York Islanders|
|1979–80||Wayne Gretzky||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1980–81||Wayne Gretzky (2)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1981–82||Wayne Gretzky (3)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1982–83||Wayne Gretzky (4)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1983–84||Wayne Gretzky (5)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1984–85||Wayne Gretzky (6)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1985–86||Wayne Gretzky (7)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1986–87||Wayne Gretzky (8)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1987–88||Mario Lemieux||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|1988–89||Wayne Gretzky (9)||Centre||Los Angeles Kings|
|1989–90||Mark Messier||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|1990–91||Brett Hull||Right wing||St. Louis Blues|
|1991–92||Mark Messier (2)||Centre||New York Rangers|
|1992–93||Mario Lemieux (2)||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|1993–94||Sergei Fedorov||Centre||Detroit Red Wings|
|1994–95||Eric Lindros||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1995–96||Mario Lemieux (3)||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|1996–97||Dominik Hašek||Goaltender||Buffalo Sabres|
|1997–98||Dominik Hašek (2)||Goaltender||Buffalo Sabres|
|1998–99||Jaromír Jágr||Right wing||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|1999–2000||Chris Pronger||Defenceman||St. Louis Blues|
|2000–01||Joe Sakic||Centre||Colorado Avalanche|
|2001–02||José Théodore||Goaltender||Montreal Canadiens|
|2002–03||Peter Forsberg||Centre||Colorado Avalanche|
|2003–04||Martin St. Louis||Right wing||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2004–05||Not awarded due to lockout|
|2005–06||Joe Thornton||Centre||Boston Bruins/San Jose Sharks|
|2006–07||Sidney Crosby||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2007–08||Alexander Ovechkin||Left wing||Washington Capitals|
|2008–09||Alexander Ovechkin (2)||Left wing||Washington Capitals|
|2009–10||Henrik Sedin||Centre||Vancouver Canucks|
|2010–11||Corey Perry||Right wing||Anaheim Ducks|
|2011–12||Evgeni Malkin||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2012–13||Alexander Ovechkin (3)||Right wing||Washington Capitals|
|2013–14||Sidney Crosby (2)||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2014–15||Carey Price||Goaltender||Montreal Canadiens|
|2015–16||Patrick Kane||Right wing||Chicago Blackhawks|
|2016–17||Connor McDavid||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|2017–18||Taylor Hall||Left wing||New Jersey Devils|
|2018–19||Nikita Kucherov||Right wing||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2019–20||Leon Draisaitl||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|2020–21||Connor McDavid (2)||Centre||Edmonton Oilers|
|2021–22||Auston Matthews||Centre||Toronto Maple Leafs|
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NHL Hart Memorial Trophy FAQs
What is the Hart Memorial Trophy award?
The NHL Hart Memorial Trophy award is given to the player considered the best in the league that season, also referred to as the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Who won the NHL Hart Memorial Trophy last season?
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs won the 2021/22 Hart Memorial Trophy.
Who has won the most Hart Memorial Trophies?
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings) won the Hart Memorial Trophy eight times in his career.