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Hart Trophy Winners and Surprise Star on the blueline

The Hart Trophy is presented to the NHL's Most Valuable Player each season. It was first awarded in real-life in 1923-24 to Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators. Wayne Gretzky holds the record for winning it the most with 9 awards.

In the sim, it is presented every season so it was first presented to Joe Malone of the Canadiens in 1917-18. Frank Nighbor did win it twice in my sim, in 1918-19 and again in 1921-22 and Wayne Gretzky still holds the record for most Hart Trophy's, but it is 11 in this sim.

Here are the players won it at least five times:
Wayne Gretzky 	11
Jean Beliveau	 7
Pavel Datsyuk	 7
Sid Abel	 7
Gordie Howe	 6
Bobby Clarke	 6 
Howie Morenz	 6
Mario Lemieux is absent from that list as he claimed it on just 4 occasions, which ties him with Joe Sakic for 8th.

Here is a brief look at the careers of each of players who have won at least 7 of them.

WAYNE GRETZKY: After debuting with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers as a 17 year old, the all-time NHL point leader with 2,554 spent his entire career in the Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes organization. He enjoyed plenty of individual success and holds 5 of the top 8 individual season points records including first place with 173 points - something he accomplished twice in his career. Gretzky's 914 career goals place him 6th on that list behind Mario Lemieux (1105), Brett Hull (1039), Joe Sakic (952), Luc Robitaille (941 and Guy Lafleur (928). Gretzky led the NHL in scoring 6 times in his career and won the Conn Smythe Trophy once, in 1989-90 when he led the Jets to their only Stanley Cup.

GP - 1700 (11th)
G - 914 (6th)
A- 1640 (1st)
PTS- 2554 (1st)

GP - 141
G - 100 (6th)
A- 161 (6th)
PTS-261 (4th)
CUPS - 1

PAVEL DATSYUK: Datsyuk is still active in the sim at the end of the 2017-18 season. He began his career with Ottawa, where he won his first two MVP awards, before moving on to Carolina as a free agent signing in the summer of 2006. He won his only Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2011-12.

GP - 1684 (14th)
G - 503 (58th)
A- 1054 (18th)
PTS- 1557 (25th)

GP - 178
G - 43
A- 141 (10th)
PTS-184 (14th)
CUPS - 1

JEAN BELIVEAU - Despite Beliveau's impressive career numbers that included 6 Art Ross Trophy's as NHL scoring leader and a Conn Smythe as playoff MVP in 1962-63, he never got a Stanley Cup ring. Beliveau spent his entire career with Chicago, and the Hawks have never won a Cup in their existence, which traces back to 1926. Beliveau led the Hawks to the finals twice in his career, in 1962 and again the following season, but they lost both times to Montreal in 6 games. He was selected first overall in the 1949 NHL draft.

GP - 1362
G - 519 (51st)
A- 696 (86th)
PTS- 1215 (62nd)

GP - 61
G - 34
A- 28
CUPS - 0

SID ABEL - Joined the Leafs as an 18 year old in 1936 after being the first pick in the draft. He would end his carer with stops in New York and Detroit but was best known for his days in Toronto, helping the club win 3 Stanley Cups. He led the NHL in scoring 3 times and was also named the league's top defensive forward on 3 occasions. At the age of 32, Toronto dealt him to the Rangers for Bernie Geoffrion and he would play 4 seasons in New York but was well past his prime at that time.

GP - 1010
G - 396
A- 606
PTS- 1002

GP - 137
G - 79
A- 74
PTS-153 (31st)
CUPS - 3

Here are the NHL's top 30 career point producers.

The biggest shock for me is that name at the bottom of that list. Carol Vadnais somehow became the second coming of Bobby Orr in this sim. It took Vadnais a while to become a regular in the NHL but once he did he was unstoppable. Vadnais won 4 Norris Trophy's to Orr's two in the sim and did something Orr did in real life but could not do in this sim, as Vadnais became the first and only defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring with his 104 point season in 1976-77.

Originally drafted by Chicago 5th overall in 1964, Vadnais spent much of his time with the Blackhawks organization playing in the AHL and even had a minor league stint in St Louis, a city where he would later find glory in the NHL. His break came in 1967 when he was dealt to Boston, where he would play alongside Orr, for Bob Dillabough. He helped the Bruins win a Cup in 1970 but was dealt to Toronto the following year for Paul Henderson. He won his first Norris Trophy in his second season with the Leafs but Toronto, needing help in net, dealt him to the St Louis Blues for young goalie Billy Smith.

It was with St Louis that his career really took off and he won 3 more Norris Trophy's and set a record that still stands for points in a season by a defenseman with 122 in 1978-79. Ray Bourque challenged the mark a few seasons later but came up 2 points shy.

In real life Vadnais had a good, long career and scored 587 points but was certainly not a superstar. He is perhaps best known for being part of the trade that sent him and Phil Esposito from Boston to the Rangers in exchange for Brad Park and Jean Ratelle.
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