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Calder Memorial Trophy
Established 1937
Current holder Evgeni Malkin
Awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL

The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual 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 Calder Memorial Trophy is named in honour 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 honours 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 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.


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 Carl Voss Detroit Red Wings C 25
1933–34 Russ Blinco Montreal Maroons C 25
1934–35 Sweeney Schriner New York Americans LW 22
1935–36 Mike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks G 23
1936–37 Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs C 21
1937–38 Cully Dahlstrom Chicago Black Hawks C 24
1938–39 Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins G 24
1939–40 Kilby MacDonald New York Rangers LW 25
1940–41 Johnny Quilty Montreal Canadiens C 19
1941–42 Grant Warwick New York Rangers RW 19
1942–43 Gaye Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs RW 19
1943–44 Gus Bodnar Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1944–45 Frank McCool Toronto Maple Leafs G 25
1945–46 Edgar Laprade New York Rangers C 25
1946–47 Howie Meeker Toronto Maple Leafs RW 21
1947–48 Jim McFadden Detroit Red Wings C 27
1948–49 Pentti Lund New York Rangers RW 22
1949–50 Jack Gelineau Boston Bruins G 24
1950–51 Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings G 20
1951–52 Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens RW 20
1952–53 Gump Worsley New York Rangers G 23
1953–54 Camille Henry New York Rangers C 20
1954–55 Ed Litzenberger Chicago Black Hawks RW 22
1955–56 Glenn Hall Detroit Red Wings G 23
1956–57 Larry Regan Boston Bruins RW 26
1957–58 Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs LW 19
1958–59 Ralph Backstrom Montreal Canadiens C 20
1959–60 Bill Hay Chicago Black Hawks C 23
1960–61 Dave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1961–62 Bobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens RW 21
1962–63 Kent Douglas Toronto Maple Leafs D 26
1963–64 Jacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D 21
1964–65 Roger Crozier Detroit Red Wings G 22
1965–66 Brit Selby Toronto Maple Leafs LW 20
1966–67 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D 18
1967–68 Derek Sanderson Boston Bruins C 21
1968–69 Danny Grant Minnesota North Stars RW 23
1969–70 Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks G 26
1970–71 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres C 19
1971–72 Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens G 24
1972–73 Steve Vickers New York Rangers LW 21
1973–74 Denis Potvin New York Islanders D 19
1974–75 Eric Vail Atlanta Flames LW 20
1975–76 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders C 19
1976–77 Willi Plett Atlanta Flames RW 21
1977–78 Mike Bossy New York Islanders RW 20
1978–79 Bobby Smith (ice hockey) Minnesota North Stars C 20
1979–80 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins D 18
1980–81 Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques C 24
1981–82 Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets C 18
1982–83 Steve Larmer Chicago Black Hawks RW 21
1983–84 Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres G 18
1984–85 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 18
1985–86 Gary Suter Calgary Flames D 21
1986–87 Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings LW 20
1987–88 Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames C 21
1988–89 Brian Leetch New York Rangers D 20
1989–90 Sergei Makarov Calgary Flames RW 31
1990–91 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks G 25
1991–92 Pavel Bure Vancouver Canucks RW 20
1992–93 Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets RW 23
1993–94 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils G 21
1994–95 Peter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques C 21
1995–96 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators RW 22
1996–97 Bryan Berard New York Islanders D 19
1997–98 Sergei Samsonov Boston Bruins LW 18
1998–99 Chris Drury Colorado Avalanche C 22
1999–00 Scott Gomez New Jersey Devils C 19
2000–01 Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks G 25
2001–02 Dany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers RW 20
2002–03 Barret Jackman St. Louis Blues D 21
2003–04 Andrew Raycroft Boston Bruins G 23
2004–05 No winner due to the
2004-05 NHL lockout
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2005–06 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 19
2006–07 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 20


  • Calder Trophy history at
  • Calder Trophy profile at Legends of
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Calder Memorial Trophy. Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  2. "Silverware: Calder Memorial Trophy". Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  3. "Segei Makarov". Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  4. Wayne Gretzky-The Great One. Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  5. Dolezar, Jon (2003-04-20). Foppa shows the most Hart. Retrieved on 2007-08-17.

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