The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) goaltender who is “adjudged to be the best at this position”. At the end of each season, the thirty-one NHL general managers vote to determine the winner. It is named in honour of Georges Vezina, goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens from 1910 until 1925, who died in 1926 of tuberculosis. The trophy was first awarded after the 1926–27 NHL season and was awarded to the top goaltender. From 1946–47 to 1981–82, the trophy went to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest goals during the regular season; now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded for this.
Who Has Won the Most Vezina Trophies?
Jacques Plante has won the most Vezina Trophies with seven selections. Bill Duran and Dominik Hasek come up next with six selections each. Hasek has won the most under the current criterion of voting for the best individual goaltender.
How is the Winner Chosen for the Vezina Trophy?
At the end of each season, the 31 NHL general managers vote to determine the winner of the Vezina Trophy. They don’t have any official criterion, they just base their decision on whatever they deem most important.
Some Unofficial Criterion Has Emerged Over the Years
Rules of Inclusion
- Save percentage (SV%), goals-against average (GAA) and wins
- Goals saved above average (GSAA)
Rules of Exclusion
- You must play in at least half your team’s games
- You must have a winning record
- Your team should make the playoffs
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Oldest & Youngest Vezina Winners
Youngest to win the award: 18-years old, Tom Barrasso – 1983-84
Oldest to win the award: 40-years old, Johnny Bower – 1964-65 & Jacques Plante – 1968-69
Average age: 28.9-years old
Vezina Trophy Winners
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