Hart Trophy Part 9: The Best Players by MVP and Best Player Award

In our final episode of our series on the NHL’s Hart Trophy, we compare our list of the players to win the MVP (and our own best player award) to the actual list of Hart Trophy winners.

Then we enjoy rehashing the worst Hart Trophy awards of the last 100 years.

Listen here:

The Back Check’s List of Most MVP Awards:

Here’s who we picked for the Hart if we’d been voting, by number of awards.

Player# of Back Check MVPsDifference from Hart Trophies
Wayne Gretzky8-1
Gordie Howe6same
Bobby Orr5+2
Stan Mikita4+2
Mario Lemieux4+1
Howie Morenz3same
Eddie Shore3-1
Jean Beliveau2same
Charlie Conacher2+2
Bill Cowley2same
Sidney Crosby2same
Cy Denneny2+2
Phil Esposito2same
Sergei Fedorov2+1
Bobby Hull2same
Elmer Lach2+1
Guy Lafleur2same
Nicklas Lidstrom2+2
Ted Lindsday2+2
Dickie Moore2+2
Alex Ovechkin2-1
Maurice Richard2+1
Cooney Weiland2+2
Marty Barry1+1
Doug Bentley1+1
Max Bentley11
Georges Boucher1+1
Ray Bourque1+1
Daniel Briere1+1
Punch Broadbent1+1
King Clancy1+1
Dit Clapper1+1
Bobby Clarke1-2
Sprague Cleghorn1+1
Paul Coffey1+1
Bill Cook1+1
Leon Draisaitl1we’ll see
Peter Forsberg1same
Bernie Geoffrion1same
Eddie Gerard1same
Bryan Hextall1+1
Jaromir Jagr1same
Aurele Joliat1same
Patrick Kane1same
Nikita Kucherov1same
Brian Leetch1+1
Nathan MacKinnon1+1
Joe Malone1+1
Connor McDavid1+1
Mike Modano1+1
Frank Nighbor1same
Jacques Plante1same
Chris Pronger1same
Joe Sakic1same
Milt Schmidt1same
Daniel Sedin1+1
Brendan Shanahan1+1
Martin St. Louis1same
Bryan Trottier1same
Back Check MVP by # of Awards

Most Best Player Awards:

“Best Player” is different than MVP because this is not team record dependent.

Player# of Best Player AwardsDifference from Hart Trophies
Wayne Gretzky11+2
Gordie Howe6same
Mario Lemieux6+3
Bobby Orr6+3
Sidney Crosby5+3
Stan Mikita4+2
Jean Beliveau3+1
Bill Cowley3+1
Jaromir Jagr3+2
Guy Lafleur3+1
Newsey Lalonde3+3
Alex Ovechkin3same
Charlie Conacher2+2
Bill Cook2+2
Bobby Hull2+2
Elmer Lach2+1
Connor McDavid2+1
Howie Morenz2-1
Maurice Richard2+1
Ace Bailey1+1
Max Bentley1same
Toe Blake1same
Georges Boucher1+1
Punch Broadbent1+1
Roy Conacher1+1
Leon Draisaitl1we’ll see
Gordie Drillon1+1
Babe Dye1+1
Phil Esposito1-1
Peter Forsberg1same
Bernie Geoffrion1same
Bryan Hextall1+1
Jarome Iginla1+1
Busher Jackson1+1
Aurele Joliat1same
Patrick Kane1same
Nikita Kucherov1same
Eric Lindros1same
Ted Lindsay1+1
Joe Malone1+1
Dickie Moore1+1
Chris Pronger1same
Milt Schmidt1same
Sweeney Schriner1+1
Eddie Shore1-3
Martin St. Louis1same
Nels Stewart1-1
Joe Thornton1same
Bryant Trottier1same
Cooney Weiland1+1
Back Check Best Players by # of Awards

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