William M. Jennings Trophy
The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual National Hockey League (NHL) award given to "the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it ... based on regular-season play." From 1946 until 1981, the Vezina Trophy had been awarded under that definition, but it was later changed and replaced by the Jennings Trophy. It is named in honor of William M. Jennings, the longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers. Since its beginnings in 1982, it has been awarded at the end of 32 seasons to 53 different players; mostly in tandems of two goaltenders.
|William M. Jennings Trophy|
|Given for||National Hockey League goaltender(s) that have played for the team that allows the fewest goals scored against it.|
|First award||1981–82 NHL season|
|Most recent||Tuukka Rask, Jaroslav Halak|
From 1946 until the 1980–81 season, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the NHL team allowing the fewest goals during the regular season. However, it was recognized that this system often meant the trophy went to the goaltender of the better team rather than the individual and was changed to offer the trophy to the most outstanding goaltender, as voted by the NHL general managers. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a replacement and is awarded to the starting goaltender(s) playing for the team with the fewest goals against.
The Jennings Trophy was donated by the NHL's board of governors and first presented at the conclusion of the 1981–82 season. It is named in honor of the late William M. Jennings, who was a longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers and a builder of ice hockey in the United States. Normally the minimum number of games a goaltender must play to be eligible for the trophy is 25, but for the lockout shortened 1994–95 season, the required minimum was fourteen games.
Seven players have won both the Jennings and Vezina Trophy for the same season: Patrick Roy (1988–89 and 1991–92), Ed Belfour (1990–91 and 1992–93), Dominik Hasek (1993–94 and 2000–01), Martin Brodeur (2002–03, 2003–04), Miikka Kiprusoff (2005–06), Tim Thomas (2008–09), and Carey Price (2014–15). Roy and Brodeur have won the trophy five times each, the most of any goaltenders. Belfour is third, having won four times. The Montreal Canadiens have the most wins, with six, followed by the New Jersey Devils and the Chicago Blackhawks with five each, and the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins with three.
Bold Player with the fewest goals ever scored against in a season.[a]
|1981–82||Rick Wamsley||Montreal Canadiens||223||1|
|1982–83||Roland Melanson||New York Islanders||226||1|
|1983–84||Al Jensen||Washington Capitals||226||1|
|1984–85||Tom Barrasso||Buffalo Sabres||237||1|
|1985–86||Bob Froese||Philadelphia Flyers||241||1|
|1986–87||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||241||1|
|1987–88||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||238||2|
|1988–89||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||218||3|
|1989–90||Andy Moog||Boston Bruins||232||1|
|1990–91||Ed Belfour||Chicago Blackhawks||211||1|
|1991–92||Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||207||4|
|1992–93||Ed Belfour||Chicago Blackhawks||239||2|
|1993–94||Dominik Hasek||Buffalo Sabres||218||1|
|1994–95[b]||Ed Belfour||Chicago Blackhawks||115||3|
|1995–96||Chris Osgood||Detroit Red Wings||181||1|
|1996–97||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||182||1|
|1997–98||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||166||2|
|1998–99||Ed Belfour||Dallas Stars||168||4|
|1999–2000||Roman Turek||St. Louis Blues||165||2|
|2000–01||Dominik Hasek||Buffalo Sabres||184||2|
|2001–02||Patrick Roy||Colorado Avalanche||169||5|
|2002–03[c]||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||166||3|
|Roman Cechmanek||Philadelphia Flyers||166||1|
|2003–04||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||164||4|
|2005–06||Miikka Kiprusoff||Calgary Flames||200||1|
|2006–07||Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota Wild||191||1|
|2007–08||Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||184||3|
|2008–09||Tim Thomas||Boston Bruins||196||1|
|2009–10||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||191||5|
|2010–11||Roberto Luongo||Vancouver Canucks||185||1|
|2011–12||Brian Elliott||St. Louis Blues||165||1|
|2012–13[e]||Corey Crawford||Chicago Blackhawks||102||1|
|2013–14||Jonathan Quick||Los Angeles Kings||174||1|
|2014–15[f]||Corey Crawford||Chicago Blackhawks||189||2|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens||1|
|2015–16||Frederik Andersen||Anaheim Ducks||192||1|
|2016–17||Braden Holtby||Washington Capitals||182||1|
|2017–18||Jonathan Quick||Los Angeles Kings||203||2|
|2018–19||Thomas Greiss||New York Islanders||191||1|
|2019–20[g]||Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||174||1|
- Corey Crawford and Ray Emery hold the record for fewest goals scored against in a season, however this was in a lockout shortened season. Martin Brodeur has the fewest goals scored against in a full-length season.
- Season shortened by the 1994–95 NHL lockout
- For the 2002–03 season, there was a tie between Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Robert Esche and Roman Cechmanek of the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the first time that there has been a tie between players from different teams.
- Not awarded due to the lockout
- Season shortened by the 2012–13 NHL lockout
- For the 2014–15 season, there was a tie between Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. This is the second time that there has been a tie between players from different teams.
- Season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic
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