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NHL Plus-Minus Award
Established 1982–83 NHL season
Current holder(s) David Krejci
Awarded to the player, having played a minimum of 60 games, who leads the league in plus/minus statistics

The NHL Plus-Minus Award is 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 has been awarded 23 times to 20 different players. It is sponsored by a commercial business, and it has been known under five different names. Bobby Orr has led the league the most times in plus-minus, with 6, and Wayne Gretzky has won the award the most times, three, and also led the league once prior to the inception of the award. David Krejci of the Boston Bruins is the most recent winner, having finished the 2008–09 season with a +37.

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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 in the 1983 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 trophy. 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 the present, it has been known as the Bud Light Plus-Minus Award.

Since the award's inception, it has been won by players on the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings 4 times each, and 3 times each by players on the Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, and St. Louis Blues. Since the league began tracking plus/minus as a statistic (counting co-leaders as fractional winners), Boston Bruins have led the league 8 times, Edmonton Oilers 5 times, and Philadelphia Flyers 4.5 times. Wayne Gretzky has won the award the most times out of any players, thrice. Gretzky also led the league in plus-minus once before the trophy was established. Bobby Orr has led the league the most times out of any players, with six.

Winners

Thomas Vanek, one-time winner
Martin St. Louis, one-time winner
Chris Pronger, two-time winner
Michal Roszival, one-time winner
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Scott Stevens, one-time winner
Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing D Defence RW Right Wing F Forward

     Player is still active

Season Player Team Position Rating Win #
1982–83 Charlie Huddy Edmonton Oilers D +63 1
1983–84 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +76 1
1984–85 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +98 2
1985–86 Mark Howe Philadelphia Flyers D +85 1
1986–87 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +70 3
1987–88 Brad McCrimmon Calgary Flames D +48 1
1988–89 Joe Mullen Calgary Flames F +51 1
1989–90 Paul Cavallini St. Louis Blues D +38 1
1990–91 Marty McSorley6 Los Angeles Kings D +48 1
1990–91 Theoren Fleury6 Calgary Flames RW +48 1
1991–92 Paul Ysebaert Detroit Red Wings LW +44 1
1992–93 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins C +55 1
1993–94 Scott Stevens New Jersey Devils D +53 1
1994–95 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins C +30 1
1995–96 Vladimir Konstantinov Detroit Red Wings D +60 1
1996–97 John LeClair Philadelphia Flyers C +44 1
1997–98 Chris Pronger St. Louis Blues D +47 1
1998–99 John LeClair7 Philadelphia Flyers LW +36 2
1999–2000 Chris Pronger St. Louis Blues D +52 2
2000–01 Patrik Elias4 New Jersey Devils LW +45 1
2000–01 Joe Sakic4 Colorado Avalanche C +45 1
2001–02 Chris Chelios Detroit Red Wings D +40 1
2002–03 Peter Forsberg3 Colorado Avalanche C +52 1
2002–03 Milan Hejduk 3 Colorado Avalanche RW +52 1
2003–04 Martin St. Louis2 Tampa Bay Lightning RW +35 1
2003–04 Marek Malik2 Vancouver Canucks D +35 1
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
2005–06 Wade Redden 1 Ottawa Senators D +35 1
2005–06 Michal Rozsival 1 New York Rangers D +35 1
2006–07 Thomas Vanek Buffalo Sabres LW +47 1
2007–08 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C +41 1
2008–09 David Krejci Boston Bruins C +37 1
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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 Dallas Smith Boston Bruins D +33 1
1968–69 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +65 1
1969–70 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +54 2
1970–71 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +124 3
1971–72 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +86 4
1972–73 Jacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens D +78 1
1973–74 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +84 5
1974–75 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins D +80 6
1975–76 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers C +83 1
1976–77 Larry Robinson Montreal Canadiens D +120 1
1977–78 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens RW +73 1
1978–79 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders C +76 1
1979–80 Jim Schoenfeld5 Buffalo Sabres D +60 1
1979–80 Jimmy Watson 5 Philadelphia Flyers D +60 1
1980–81 Brian Engblom Montreal Canadiens D +63 1
1981–82 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers C +81 1

Notes

^ During the 2005–06 season, there was a tie between Michal Roszival of the New York Rangers and Wade Redden of the Ottawa Senators.
^ 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 2002–03, season, there was a tie between Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche.
^ During the 2000–01 season, there was tie between Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche and Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils.
^ During the 1979–80 season, there was a tie between Jim Schoenfeld of the Buffalo Sabres and Jimmy Watson of the Philadelphia Flyers.
^ 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.

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