Calder Memorial Trophy

The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League (NHL)." It is named after Frank Calder, the first president of the NHL. Serving as the NHL's Rookie of the Year award, this version of the trophy has been awarded since its creation for the 1936–37 NHL season. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner.

Calder Memorial Trophy
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SportIce hockey
Given forRookie of the Year in the National Hockey League
History
First award1936–37 NHL season
Most recentMathew Barzal
New York Islanders

History

Red Dutton, 1944
NHL president Red Dutton presenting the Calder Memorial Trophy to Gus Bodnar in 1944

The Calder Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League (NHL) from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season.[1] After Calder's death in 1943 the trophy was renamed the Calder Memorial Trophy.[2]

In 1990, Sergei Makarov of the Calgary Flames became the oldest player, at age 31, to win the trophy, even though he had played for HC CSKA Moscow (the "Red Army" team) in the Soviet Union.[3] After that season, the rules for awarding the Calder were amended so that players could only be eligible if they were younger than 27 years old by September 15 of their rookie season.[2]

To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 regular season games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six regular season games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league.[2] The latter fact was perhaps most prominent when in the 1979–80 season, first-year phenom Wayne Gretzky was not eligible to win the Calder Trophy despite scoring 137 points (the previous rookie record at the time being 95), because he had played a full season the previous year in the World Hockey Association.[4] In 1991, goaltender Ed Belfour won the Calder having previously appeared in 32 games with the Chicago Blackhawks over the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons.[5] Belfour was eligible for the award because nine of those appearances came during the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs, and the other 23 appearances were made during the 1988-89 season. The nine playoff games did not count towards the regular season eligibility requirements. In 2010–11, Logan Couture was eligible for the Calder Trophy despite having played in 40 previous games (25 in the regular season and 15 in the playoffs, both in 2009–10), while Alex Pietrangelo was ineligible despite having played only 17 previous games (eight in 2008–09 and nine in 2009–10, both times sent back to juniors).

The trophy has been won the most times by rookies from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have won it on ten occasions, with the most recent being Auston Matthews in 2017. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10–7–5–3–1 points system.[6] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.

Winners

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Howie Meeker, winner in 1947
Terry Sawchuk 1963
Terry Sawchuk, winner in 1951
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Eric Vail, winner in 1975
Mario Lemieux 2001
Mario Lemieux, winner in 1985
Pavel Bure in Canucks uniform
Pavel Bure, winner in 1992
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson, winner in 1996
Alexander Ovechkin 1 2016-03-01
Alexander Ovechkin, winner in 2006
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Gabriel Landeskog, winner in 2012
Positions key
C Centre
LW Left Wing
D Defence
RW Right Wing
G Goaltender
Calder Memorial Trophy winners
Season Winner Team Position Age[a]
1932–33 Carl Voss Detroit Red Wings C 25
1933–34 Russ Blinco Montreal Maroons C 25
1934–35 Sweeney Schriner New York Americans LW 22
1935–36 Mike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks G 23
1936–37 Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs C 21
1937–38 Cully Dahlstrom Chicago Black Hawks C 24
1938–39 Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins G 24
1939–40 Kilby MacDonald New York Rangers LW 25
1940–41 Johnny Quilty Montreal Canadiens C 19
1941–42 Grant Warwick New York Rangers RW 19
1942–43 Gaye Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs RW 19
1943–44 Gus Bodnar Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1944–45 Frank McCool Toronto Maple Leafs G 25
1945–46 Edgar Laprade New York Rangers C 25
1946–47 Howie Meeker Toronto Maple Leafs RW 21
1947–48 Jim McFadden Detroit Red Wings C 27
1948–49 Pentti Lund New York Rangers RW 22
1949–50 Jack Gelineau Boston Bruins G 24
1950–51 Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings G 20
1951–52 Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens RW 20
1952–53 Gump Worsley New York Rangers G 23
1953–54 Camille Henry New York Rangers C 20
1954–55 Ed Litzenberger Chicago Black Hawks RW 22
1955–56 Glenn Hall Detroit Red Wings G 23
1956–57 Larry Regan Boston Bruins RW 26
1957–58 Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs LW 19
1958–59 Ralph Backstrom Montreal Canadiens C 20
1959–60 Bill Hay Chicago Black Hawks C 23
1960–61 Dave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs C 20
1961–62 Bobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens RW 21
1962–63 Kent Douglas Toronto Maple Leafs D 26
1963–64 Jacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D 21
1964–65 Roger Crozier Detroit Red Wings G 22
1965–66 Brit Selby Toronto Maple Leafs LW 20
1966–67 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D 18
1967–68 Derek Sanderson Boston Bruins C 21
1968–69 Danny Grant Minnesota North Stars RW 23
1969–70 Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks G 26
1970–71 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres C 19
1971–72 Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens G 24
1972–73 Steve Vickers New York Rangers LW 21
1973–74 Denis Potvin New York Islanders D 19
1974–75 Eric Vail Atlanta Flames LW 20
1975–76 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders C 19
1976–77 Willi Plett Atlanta Flames RW 21
1977–78 Mike Bossy New York Islanders RW 20
1978–79 Bobby Smith Minnesota North Stars C 20
1979–80 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins D 19
1980–81 Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques C 24
1981–82 Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets C 18
1982–83 Steve Larmer Chicago Black Hawks RW 21
1983–84 Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres G 18
1984–85 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C 19
1985–86 Gary Suter Calgary Flames D 21
1986–87 Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings LW 20
1987–88 Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames C 21
1988–89 Brian Leetch New York Rangers D 20
1989–90 Sergei Makarov Calgary Flames RW 31
1990–91 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks G 25
1991–92 Pavel Bure Vancouver Canucks RW 20
1992–93 Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets RW 22
1993–94 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils G 21
1994–95 Peter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques C 21
1995–96 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators RW 22
1996–97 Bryan Berard New York Islanders D 19
1997–98 Sergei Samsonov Boston Bruins LW 19
1998–99 Chris Drury Colorado Avalanche C 22
1999–2000 Scott Gomez New Jersey Devils C 19
2000–01 Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks G 25
2001–02 Dany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers RW 20
2002–03 Barret Jackman St. Louis Blues D 21
2003–04 Andrew Raycroft Boston Bruins G 23
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2005–06 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW 20
2006–07 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 20
2007–08 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW 19
2008–09 Steve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets G 21
2009–10 Tyler Myers Buffalo Sabres D 20
2010–11 Jeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes C 19
2011–12 Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche LW 19
2012–13 Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers LW 19
2013–14 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche C 18
2014–15 Aaron Ekblad Florida Panthers D 19
2015–16 Artemi Panarin Chicago Blackhawks LW 24
2016–17 Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs C 19
2017–18 Mathew Barzal New York Islanders C 21
  1. ^ Player's age at the time of award win
  2. ^ No winner because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout

See also

References

  1. ^ "Silverware: Calder Memorial Trophy". Legends Of Hockey. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Calder Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
  3. ^ "Sergei Makarov". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "Wayne Gretzky-The Great One". Oilers Heritage. Archived from the original on April 16, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
  5. ^ "Ed Belfour hockey statistics and profile". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Dolezar, Jon (April 20, 2003). "Foppa shows the most Hart". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 17, 2007.
1957–58 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1957–58 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 32nd season in the NHL, and the club was coming off their fourth consecutive last place finish in the league in 1956–57, as they had a 16–39–15 record, earning 47 points. The struggling Black Hawks had finished in last nine times in the past eleven seasons, and only one playoff appearance since 1946.

During the off-season, the Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings made a blockbuster trade, as Chicago traded Hank Bassen, Johnny Wilson, Bill Preston, and Forbes Kennedy to the Red Wings for Glenn Hall and Ted Lindsay. Hall had won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1956, while Lindsay was a key member of the Red Wings Stanley Cup championships in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. Chicago also signed 18-year-old Bobby Hull, who had spent the past two seasons with the St. Catharines Teepees of the OHA.

Chicago got off to a good start, playing over .500 hockey thirteen games into the season, as they had a 6–5–3 record, however, the club fell into a slump, going 4–12–3 in their next 19 games, falling out of the playoff race. Tommy Ivan decided to step down from head coaching duties, as he hired former Teepees head coach Rudy Pilous to take over the team. The Hawks responded, playing .500 hockey in Pilous' first 18 games behind the bench to get back into the playoff race, however, a seven-game losing streak soon followed, and the team fell out of playoff contention for good. The Hawks finished the year 24–39–7, earning 55 points, their highest total since 1952–53, and did not finish in last place for the first time since 1953, as they had two more points than the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Offensively, Chicago was led by Ed Litzenberger, who led the club in goals with 32, while adding 30 assists for 62 points. Rookie Bobby Hull scored 13 goals and 47 points, as he finishing second to Frank Mahovlich of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Ted Lindsay recorded 15 goals and 39 points in his first season with the team, which was a 46-point dropoff from the previous season. Lindsay also had a club high 110 penalty minutes. Pierre Pilote led the defense, scoring 6 goals and 30 points, while fellow blueliner Moose Vasko scored 6 goals and 26 points.

In goal, Glenn Hall had all the playing time, winning 24 games, while posting a 2.86 GAA, and earning 7 shutouts.

1964 NHL Amateur Draft

The 1964 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

As was the case in the 1963 Draft, amateur players turning 17 years of age between August 1, 1964, and July 31, 1965, were eligible, if they were not already sponsored by an NHL club.

The order of the draft followed the agreement reached in 1963, where the order was fixed as Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers, Black Hawks, Maple Leafs and Canadiens. Once again each team received four picks, each team having the right to forfeit their selection and pass it to the next team in the order. All picks were exercised this year.

Of the 24 players selected only nine played in the NHL. Syl Apps, Jr., Jim Dorey, Tim Ecclestone and Mike Pelyk went on to have fruitful NHL careers, each playing well over 200 games a piece. However, the steal of this draft was the Bruins' third pick, 14th overall: Ken Dryden. Dryden made it known to the Bruins that he would elect to play at Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, instead of turning professional. The Bruins traded his negotiation rights to the Canadiens, where he would play seven full seasons and part of an eighth, earning a Conn Smythe Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, five Vezina Trophies, five All-Star Game appearances, five First All-Star awards and six Stanley Cups.

Andrew Raycroft

Andrew Joseph Ernest Raycroft (born May 4, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) 135th overall in 1998, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy with the club in 2004 as rookie of the year. Raycroft has also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, Hockey Milano Rossoblu and IF Björklöven.

Since 2014, he has been a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Connecticut's men's hockey team. Raycroft is currently a studio analyst for the Boston Bruins broadcasts on NESN and a host on the hockey podcast Breaking The Ice.

Atlanta Flames

The Atlanta Flames were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1972 until 1980. They played out of the Omni Coliseum and were members of the West and later Patrick divisions of the National Hockey League (NHL). Along with the New York Islanders, the Flames were created in 1971 as part of the NHL's conflict with the rival World Hockey Association (WHA). The team enjoyed modest success on the ice, qualifying for the playoffs in six of its eight seasons, but failed to win a playoff series and won only two post-season games total. The franchise struggled to draw fans, and after averaging only 10,000 per game in 1979–80, was sold and relocated to Alberta to become the Calgary Flames.

Eric Vail was the Flames' top goal scorer with 174 while Tom Lysiak led with 431 points. Guy Chouinard was the lone player to score 50 goals in one season. Goaltender Dan Bouchard led the team in wins (166) and shutouts (20). Two Flames players won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie: Vail in 1974–75 and Willi Plett in 1975–76. Bob MacMillan won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the most gentlemanly player in 1978–79. General manager Cliff Fletcher is the lone member of the Atlanta team to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bobby Rousseau

Joseph Jean-Paul Robert Rousseau (born July 26, 1940) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Montreal Canadiens. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1962 as NHL rookie of the year.

Calder Cup

The Calder Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the champions of the American Hockey League. It is the oldest continuously awarded professional ice hockey playoff trophy, as it has been annually presented since the 1936–37 season. The Calder Cup was first presented in 1937 to the Syracuse Stars.The trophy is named after Frank Calder, who was the first president of the National Hockey League. The Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League, was also named after Calder.

The cup is made of sterling silver mounted on a base of Brazilian mahogany. In its current shape, the trophy has a two-tiered square base with commemorative plaques for each of the AHL's 20 most recent champions - 12 on the bottom tier and 8 on the top tier. Each time a new championship plaque is added, the oldest plaque is retired and joins a display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Hershey Bears have won the Cup more times than any other team, with eleven victories in franchise history. The Cleveland Barons come in second with nine; the Springfield Indians/Kings are third with seven. Eight teams have won back-to-back championships; the Springfield Indians of 1960-62 is the only team to have won three straight Calder Cup championships.

On three occasions an AHL club has won the Calder Cup coincidentally with its NHL affiliate winning the Stanley Cup: in 1976 and 1977 when the Montreal Canadiens and their AHL affiliate, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs both won, and in 1995, when the New Jersey Devils and Albany River Rats both won.The Calder Cup is currently held by the Toronto Marlies, who won their first championship in 2018 against the Texas Stars.

Cully Dahlstrom

For the Swedish ice hockey defenceman who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, see Carl Dahlström.Carl Sidney "Cully" Dahlstrom (July 3, 1912 – December 19, 1998) was an American professional ice hockey center who played eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Black Hawks. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie for the 1937–38 season and won the Stanley Cup in the same season. He played 342 career NHL games, scoring 88 goals and 118 assists for 206 points. In 1973 he was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Dale Hawerchuk

Dale Hawerchuk (born April 4, 1963) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional player. Hawerchuk played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001. He is currently the head coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Hawerchuk was born in Toronto, Ontario.

Danny Grant

Daniel Frederick Grant (born February 21, 1945) is a Canadian former ice hockey left winger, who played in the National Hockey League for parts of fourteen seasons, most notably for the Minnesota North Stars.

Grant was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After a fine junior career with the Peterborough Petes and a season and a half in the minor leagues with the Houston Apollos, Grant made the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens in 1967–68, playing 22 regular season games and 10 playoff games. Grant helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup in 1968.

He was then acquired by the Minnesota North Stars, and in his 1968–69 rookie season with the club won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's most outstanding rookie player, thus becoming one of only four players who won the Stanley Cup the season before winning the Calder Trophy. He would remain a star for Minnesota for six seasons, scoring nearly thirty goals a season during his tenure.

Despite this, Grant was traded during the 1974–75 season in a surprising deal for defensive forward Henry Boucha (whose attraction to the franchise may have been that he was a Minnesota native), and the trade backfired badly: Grant had his best season that season, scoring 50 goals for the Detroit Red Wings while on a line with superstar centre Marcel Dionne, and becoming only the 12th player in NHL history to accomplish that feat. However, Grant was plagued by injuries from that point on, and only played partial seasons at best thereafter. He retired after the 1978–79 season to coach a Tier II junior team.

In his career, Grant notched 263 goals and 535 points while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings, and played in three All-Star Games (1969, 1970, 1971).

In 1985, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

Grant went on to coach the University of New Brunswick hockey team in 1995 and 1996, and the Halifax Mooseheads Quebec league junior team in 1998. Grant has been an assistant coach for the St. Thomas Tommies men's hockey team since the 2002–03 season.

Grant now sits on the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, which allocates funding to organizations which involve youth and/or technology throughout Atlantic Canada.

Eric Vail

Eric "Big Train" Vail (born September 16, 1953) is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1975 as the NHL's rookie of the year and played in the 1977 NHL All-Star Game. Also in 1977, Vail played with Team Canada at the World Ice Hockey Championship. At the time of his 1981 trade to Detroit, Vail was the Flames' franchise leader in goal scoring.

Glenn Hall

Glenn Henry "Mr. Goalie" Hall (born October 3, 1931) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender. During his National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, and St. Louis Blues, Hall seldom missed a game and was a consistent performer, winning the Vezina Trophy, which at the time was awarded to the goaltender on the team allowing the fewest goals against (a distinction that now results in being awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy), three times, being voted the First Team All-Star goaltender a record seven times, and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as best rookie. Nicknamed "Mr. Goalie", he was the first goaltender to develop and make effective use of the butterfly style of goalkeeping. In 2017 Hall was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. He is the grandfather of Grant Stevenson.

Grant Warwick

Grant David "Knobby" Warwick (October 11, 1921 – September 27, 1999) was a professional ice hockey right winger who played 9 seasons in the National Hockey League. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1942. Grant is the brother of Bill Warwick.

Johnny Quilty

John Francis Quilty (January 21, 1921 – September 12, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He played 125 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) playing for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. He was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1941, as the rookie of the year in the NHL. He was the son of Silver Quilty.

List of Calder Cup champions

The Calder Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the playoff champion of the American Hockey League (AHL). First awarded in the 1937–38 season, it is named after Frank Calder, first president of the National Hockey League. The Calder Cup is distinct from the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League.Teams from 28 different cities have won the Calder Cup. The Hershey Bears have won eleven championships, the most of any team currently in the AHL, and have competed in 23 finals, the most of any team in AHL history, compiling an 11–12 record in the finals. Teams representing Cleveland, Ohio are second, with ten championships, with the Barons franchise, which competed in the league until 1973, won nine titles, and the current iteration, the Cleveland Monsters, winning the tenth in 2016.The Most Valuable Player of the playoffs is awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy. It was first awarded in 1984 and is named after the former president of the AHL, Jack Butterfield. The trophy has been won by 34 different players, with none having won it more than once.

List of first overall NHL draft picks

The NHL Entry Draft, originally known as the NHL Amateur Draft, is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League (NHL) systematically select the exclusive rights to available amateur players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. First held in 1963, the draft prior to 1969 was a shorter affair. Any amateur player who was 17 years of age and older and was not already sponsored by an NHL club was eligible to be drafted. In 1969 the rules were changed so that any amateur player between the ages of 17 and 20 was eligible to be drafted. The draft has grown, and in 2017, 217 players were selected over seven rounds.A total of 53 different players have been selected first. Of those, 39 have been Canadian, seven were American, three Russian, two Czech, two Swedish and one Swiss. Every first overall pick taken between 1968 and 2010 has played in at least 299 NHL games. Three players retired without ever having played an NHL game.

The Montreal Canadiens have had the most first overall picks of any other team, selecting five players first between 1963 and 1980. Five players have come from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, more than any other team. 11 players have won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year: Gilbert Perreault, Denis Potvin, Bobby Smith, Dale Hawerchuk, Mario Lemieux, Bryan Berard, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Nathan MacKinnon, Aaron Ekblad and Auston Matthews. Eight have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Perreault, Potvin, Guy Lafleur, Eric Lindros, Hawerchuk, Lemieux, Mats Sundin and Mike Modano.

Mathew Barzal

Mathew Barzal (born May 26, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Barzal was selected by the Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2017–18, becoming the fifth Islanders' player to win the award.

Steve Mason (ice hockey)

Steve Mason (born May 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He was selected 69th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Playing major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Mason spent three seasons with the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers. In the 2006–07 season, he was named OHL Goaltender of the Year. He joined the Blue Jackets in 2008–09 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Internationally, he won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships while earning tournament MVP and Best Goaltender honours.

Steve Vickers (ice hockey)

Stephen James Vickers (born April 21, 1951) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1973.

Willi Plett

Willi Plett (born June 7, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played 834 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins. He was a fifth-round selection of the Atlanta Flames in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, 80th overall. Plett was a member of the Tulsa Oilers' Adams Cup championship team in 1975–76 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1977 as the NHL's top rookie. He transferred with the Flames franchise to Calgary in 1980 and a 1982 trade sent him to Minnesota where he played five seasons. Plett retired in 1988 following one season in Boston.

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