NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Betting Tips

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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.