And what a better one to start with than the Calder Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the player who is voted as the most proficient in his first year in the NHL. In order to qualify for this award, the player could not have played more than 25 games in the previous season and, recently added, must be under the age of 26 by September 15 of that year.
Starting in 1936, Frank Calder, President of the NHL, bought a trophy each year for the outstanding rookie. After his death in 1943, the NHL presented the Calder Memorial Trophy in his honor.
This season, the 3 finalists for the Calder Trophy are:
Michael Grabner – New York Islanders
Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes
And the ONLY goal scorer last night for the San Jose Sharks,
Logan Couture (who played exactly 25 games last season and is qualified for the award by ONE game!)
For a complete list of previous Calder Trophy recipients, you can go here.
Most interesting piece of Calder Trophy trivia I learned was that The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, in the 1979-1980 season, in his Rookie season in the NHL, with 137 points, breaking the record for the most points scored by a Rookie, was NOT eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Due to the fact that he had participated an entire season in the World Hockey Association, the “less than 26 games in previous season” stipulation kept him from being eligible.
The New York Islanders have had a Calder Trophy Memorial Recipient 4 times in the past. The San Jose Sharks just one and the Carolina Hurricanes have not had a Calder Trophy Memorial Recipient at all in their franchise history.
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