NHL Plus-Minus Award

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NHL Plus-Minus Award
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for A player, having played a minimum of 60 games, who leads the league in plus/minus statistics
History
First award 1982–83 NHL season
Final award 2007–08 NHL season

The NHL Plus-Minus Award was a trophy awarded annually by the National Hockey League to the ice hockey "player, having played a minimum of 60 games, who leads the league in plus-minus statistics."[1] It was sponsored by a commercial business, and it had been known under five different names. First given for performance in the 1982–83 season, Wayne Gretzky won the award the most times, three, and also led the League once prior to the inception of the Award. Bobby Orr has led the League the most times in plus-minus, with six, all prior to the inception of the Award. The Award was discontinued after being awarded to Pavel Datsyuk following the 2007–08 season.

History

The plus/minus statistic was first established during the 1967–68 NHL season. This statistic reflects a player's ability to contribute offensively and defensively.[2] The award was first given at the end of the 1982–83 season. From 1982–83 to 1987–88, it was known as the Emery Edge Award. During 1988–89, there was no formal name for the Award. From 1989–90 to 1995–96, it was known as the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award. From 1996–97 to 1997–98, it was known as the Bud Ice Plus-Minus Award. Finally, from 1998–99 to 2007–08, it was known as the Bud Light Plus-Minus Award.

Three-time winner Wayne Gretzky won the award the most times out of any player, and is one of only three repeat winners, joined by two-time winners John LeClair and Chris Pronger. Gretzky recorded the highest single-season result, +98, of all Award winners. The Award was won by players on the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings four times each, with three wins by players on the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

Including the 20 seasons the League tracked plus-minus as a statistic without an award, the Boston Bruins have led the League 11 times (six by Bobby Orr and twice by David Krejci, the only other repeat leaders), Edmonton Oilers five times (four by Wayne Gretzky, including three official awards) and four times each by players on the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.

Winners

Thomas Vanek, one-time winner
Martin St. Louis, one-time winner
Chris Pronger, two-time winner
Michal Rozsival, one-time winner

*Season shortened by the 1994–95 NHL lockout

Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing D Defence RW Right Wing F Forward
  Player is still active in the NHL

Bold Player with the best plus-minus ever recorded in a season.

Season Player Team Position Rating Win #
1982–83 Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy Edmonton Oilers D +63 1
1983–84 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +76 1
1984–85 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +98 2
1985–86 Howe, MarkMark Howe Philadelphia Flyers D +85 1
1986–87 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +70 3
1987–88 McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon Calgary Flames D +48 1
1988–89 Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen Calgary Flames F +51 1
1989–90 Cavallini, PaulPaul Cavallini St. Louis Blues D +38 1
1990–91 McSorley, MartyMarty McSorley1 Los Angeles Kings D +48 1
1990–91 Fleury, TheorenTheoren Fleury1 Calgary Flames RW +48 1
1991–92 Ysebaert, PaulPaul Ysebaert Detroit Red Wings LW +44 1
1992–93 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C +55 1
1993–94 Stevens, ScottScott Stevens New Jersey Devils D +53 1
1994–95* Francis, RonRon Francis Pittsburgh Penguins C +30 1
1995–96 Konstantinov, VladimirVladimir Konstantinov Detroit Red Wings D +60 1
1996–97 LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair Philadelphia Flyers C +44 1
1997–98 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger St. Louis Blues D +47 1
1998–99 LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair2 Philadelphia Flyers LW +36 2
1999–2000 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger St. Louis Blues D +52 2
2000–01 Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias3 New Jersey Devils LW +45 1
2000–01 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic3 Colorado Avalanche C +45 1
2001–02 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Detroit Red Wings D +40 1
2002–03 Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg4 Colorado Avalanche C +52 1
2002–03 Hejduk, MilanMilan Hejduk4 Colorado Avalanche RW +52 1
2003–04 St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis5 Tampa Bay Lightning RW +35 1
2003–04 Malik, MarekMarek Malik5 Vancouver Canucks D +35 1
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
2005–06 Redden, WadeWade Redden6 Ottawa Senators D +35 1
2005–06 Rozsival, MichalMichal Rozsival6 New York Rangers D +35 1
2006–07 Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek Buffalo Sabres LW +47 1
2007–08 Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C +41 1

Plus-minus leaders (1967–1982)

Before 1983, there was no award for leading the League in plus-minus. The NHL started counting the statistics in 1967, and this lists all the leaders from the inception of the statistic to the inception of the award.

Wayne Gretzky, three-time winner (four-time leader)
Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing D Defence RW Right Wing F Forward
Season Player Team Position Rating Win #
1967–68 Smith, DallasDallas Smith Boston Bruins D +33 1
1968–69 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +65 1
1969–70 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +54 2
1970–71 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +124 3
1971–72 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +86 4
1972–73 Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D +78 1
1973–74 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +84 5
1974–75 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins D +80 6
1975–76 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers C +83 1
1976–77 Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson Montreal Canadiens D +120 1
1977–78 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens RW +73 1
1978–79 Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier New York Islanders C +76 1
1979–80 Schoenfeld, JimJim Schoenfeld Buffalo Sabres D +60 1
1980–81 Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom Montreal Canadiens D +63 1
1981–82 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +81 1

Plus-minus leaders (2008–present)

* Season shortened by the 2012–13 NHL lockout

Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing D Defence RW Right Wing F Forward
  Player is still active in the NHL
Season Player Team Position Rating Win #
2008–09 David KrejčíDavid Krejci Boston Bruins C +37 1
2009–10 Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz Washington Capitals D +50 1
2010–11 Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara Boston Bruins D +33 1
2011–12 Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C +36 1
2012–13* Dupuis, PascalPascal Dupuis Pittsburgh Penguins RW +31 1
2013–14 Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci Boston Bruins C +39 2
2014–15 Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov7 Tampa Bay Lightning RW +38 1
2014–15 Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty7 Montreal Canadiens LW +38 1
2015–16 Toffoli, TylerTyler Toffoli Los Angeles Kings C +35 1
2016–17 Suter, RyanRyan Suter8 Minnesota Wild D +34 1
2016–17 Zucker, JasonJason Zucker8 Minnesota Wild LW +34 1

Notes

^ During the 1990–91 season, there was a tie between Marty McSorley of the Los Angeles Kings and Theoren Fleury of the Calgary Flames.
^ During the 1998–99 season, Alexander Karpovtsev led the League with a +39 rating. However, he played in 58 games and was ineligible since there is a 60-game minimum. Therefore, LeClair was given the award with a +36 rating.
^ During the 2000–01 season, there was a tie between Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche and Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils.
^ During the 2002–03 season, there was a tie between Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche.
^ During the 2003–04 season, there was a tie between Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lighting and Marek Malik of the Vancouver Canucks.
^ During the 2005–06 season, there was a tie between Michal Rozsival of the New York Rangers and Wade Redden of the Ottawa Senators.
^ During the 2014–15 season, there was a tie between Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lighting and Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.
^ During the 2016–17 season, there was a tie between Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild.

See also

References

General
  • "Bud Light Plus-Minus Award" (in Czech). nhl.cz. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  • "National Hockey League (NHL) Bud Light Trophy (NHL +/- Award)". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
Specific
  1. ^ "National Hockey League (NHL) Bud Light Trophy (NHL +/- Award)". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  2. ^ "What is Plus/Minus?". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 


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