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Calder Memorial Trophy
Established 1936-37 NHL season
Current holder(s) Nathan MacKinnon
Awarded to the Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League

The Calder Memorial Trophy is a yearly award given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."[1] The award has been awarded 70 times since its beginnings in 1937. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner.


The trophy is named in honor of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie Of The Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936-37 NHL season.[2] After Calder's death in 1942 the trophy was re-named the Calder Memorial Trophy.[1]

In 1990, Sergei Makarov of the Calgary Flames became the oldest player, at age 31, to win the Calder, even though he had played professionally in the Soviet Union as a member of HC CSKA Moscow.[3] After that season, the rules for awarding the Calder were amended so that players could only be eligible if they were 26 years old or younger by September 15 of their rookie season.[1]

To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league.[1] The latter fact was perhaps most prominent when in 1979–80, first-year phenom Wayne Gretzky was not eligible to win the Calder Trophy despite scoring 137 points (the previous rookie record at the time being 95), due to him playing a full season the previous year in the World Hockey Association.[4] The trophy has been won the most times by rookies from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have won it on nine occasions.

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system.[5] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.


Eric Vail, winner in 1975.
Mario Lemieux, winner in 1985.
Luc Robitaille, winner in 1987.
Pavel Bure, winner in 1992.
Martin Brodeur, winner in 1994.
Dany Heatley, winner in 2002.
Barret Jackman, winner in 2003.
Alexander Ovechkin, winner in 2006.
Evgeni Malkin, winner in 2007.
Patrick Kane, winner in 2008.
Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing
D Defence RW Right Wing
G Goaltender

     Player is still active in the NHL

Season Winner Team Position Age
1932–33 Voss, CarlCarl Voss Detroit Red Wings C 25
1933–34 Blinco, RussRuss Blinco Montreal Maroons C 25
1934–35 Schriner, SweeneySweeney Schriner New York Americans LW 22
1935–36 Karakas, MikeMike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks G 23
1936–37 Apps, SylSyl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs C 21
1937–38 Dahlstrom, CullyCully Dahlstrom Chicago Black Hawks C 24
1938–39 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek Boston Bruins G 24
1939–40 MacDonald, KilbyKilby MacDonald New York Rangers LW 25
1940–41 Quilty, JohnnyJohnny Quilty Montreal Canadiens C 19
1941–42 Warwick, GrantGrant Warwick New York Rangers RW 19
1942–43 Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs RW 19
1943–44 Bodnar, GusGus Bodnar Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1944–45 McCool, FrankFrank McCool Toronto Maple Leafs G 25
1945–46 Laprade, EdgarEdgar Laprade New York Rangers C 25
1946–47 Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker Toronto Maple Leafs RW 21
1947–48 McFadden, JimJim McFadden Detroit Red Wings C 27
1948–49 Lund, PenttiPentti Lund New York Rangers RW 22
1949–50 Gelineau, JackJack Gelineau Boston Bruins G 24
1950–51 Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings G 20
1951–52 Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens RW 20
1952–53 Worsley, GumpGump Worsley New York Rangers G 23
1953–54 Henry, CamilleCamille Henry New York Rangers C 20
1954–55 Litzenberger, EdEd Litzenberger Chicago Black Hawks RW 22
1955–56 Hall, GlennGlenn Hall Detroit Red Wings G 23
1956–57 Regan, LarryLarry Regan Boston Bruins RW 26
1957–58 Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs LW 19
1958–59 Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom Montreal Canadiens C 20
1959–60 Hay, BillBill Hay Chicago Black Hawks C 23
1960–61 Keon, DaveDave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1961–62 Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens RW 21
1962–63 Douglas, KentKent Douglas Toronto Maple Leafs D 26
1963–64 Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D 21
1964–65 Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier Detroit Red Wings G 22
1965–66 Selby, BritBrit Selby Toronto Maple Leafs LW 20
1966–67 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D 18
1967–68 Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson Boston Bruins C 21
1968–69 Grant, DannyDanny Grant Minnesota North Stars RW 23
1969–70 Esposito, TonyTony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks G 26
1970–71 Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres C 19
1971–72 Dryden, KenKen Dryden Montreal Canadiens G 24
1972–73 Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers New York Rangers LW 21
1973–74 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders D 19
1974–75 Vail, EricEric Vail Atlanta Flames LW 20
1975–76 Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier New York Islanders C 19
1976–77 Plett, WilliWilli Plett Atlanta Flames RW 21
1977–78 Bossy, MikeMike Bossy New York Islanders RW 20
1978–79 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith Minnesota North Stars C 20
1979–80 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins D 18
1980–81 Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny Quebec Nordiques C 24
1981–82 Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets C 18
1982–83 Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer Chicago Black Hawks RW 21
1983–84 Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres G 18
1984–85 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 19
1985–86 Suter, GaryGary Suter Calgary Flames D 21
1986–87 Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings LW 20
1987–88 Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames C 21
1988–89 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers D 20
1989–90 Makarov, SergeiSergei Makarov Calgary Flames RW 31
1990–91 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks G 25
1991–92 Bure, PavelPavel Bure Vancouver Canucks RW 20
1992–93 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets RW 23
1993–94 Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils G 21
1994–95 Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques C 21
1995–96 Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators RW 22
1996–97 Berard, BryanBryan Berard New York Islanders D 19
1997–98 Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov Boston Bruins LW 18
1998–99 Drury, ChrisChris Drury Colorado Avalanche C 22
1999–00 Gomez, ScottScott Gomez New Jersey Devils C 19
2000–01 Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks G 25
2001–02 Heatley, DanyDany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers RW 20
2002–03 Jackman, BarretBarret Jackman St. Louis Blues D 21
2003–04 Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft Boston Bruins G 23
2004–05 No winner because of the
2004–05 NHL lockout
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2005–06 Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 20
2006–07 Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 20
2007–08 Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW 19
2008–09 Mason, SteveSteve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets G 21
2009–10 Myers, TylerTyler Myers Buffalo Sabres D 20
2010–11 Skinner, JeffJeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes LW/C 19
2011–12 Landeskog, GabrielGabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche LW 19
2012–13 Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers C 19
2013–14 MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche C 18



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