William M. Jennings Trophy: Wikis


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William M. Jennings Trophy
Established 1981–82 NHL season
Current holder(s) Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez
Awarded to the National Hockey League goaltender(s) that have played for the team that allows the fewest goals scored against it.

The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual ice hockey award given to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play."[1] Up until 1981, the Vezina Trophy had been awarded under that definition, but it was later changed and replaced by the Jennings Trophy. Since its beginnings in 1982, it has been awarded at the end of 25 seasons to 27 different players. The most recent winners are Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez of the Boston Bruins, who combined for a league-low 196 team goals against in 2009.



Until the 1980–81 season, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season.[2] However, it was recognized that this system often meant the trophy went to the goaltender of the better team rather than the individual and hence the change was made to offer the Vezina to the most outstanding goaltender, as voted by the NHL General Managers. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a replacement and is awarded to the goaltender(s) playing for the team with the fewest goals against.[3]

The Jennings Trophy was donated by the NHL's board of governors and first presented at the conclusion of the 1981–82 season. It is named in honor of the late William M. Jennings, who was a longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers and a builder of ice hockey in the United States.[1] Normally the minimum number of games a goaltender must play to be eligible for the trophy is 25, but for the lockout shortened 1994–95 season, the required minimum was fourteen games.[4]

Six players have managed to win both the Jennings and Vezina Trophy for the same season: Patrick Roy (1988–89 and 1991–92), Ed Belfour (1990–91 and 1992–93), Dominik Hasek (1993–94 and 2000–01), Martin Brodeur (2002–03, 2003–04), Miikka Kiprusoff (2005–06) and Tim Thomas (2008–09).[2] Roy has won the trophy five times, the most of any goaltender. Belfour and Brodeur are tied for second, having each won the trophy four times. It has been won most often by the Montreal Canadiens, on 5 occasions. The New Jersey Devils have won four times, and Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks have three wins each.


Patrick Roy, five-time winner.
Dominik Hasek, three-time winner.
Martin Brodeur, four-time winner.
Miikka Kiprusoff, one-time winner.
Chris Osgood, two-time winner.

     Player is still active as of the conclusion of the 2008–2009 season

Season Winner Team Goals
Win #
1981–82 Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley Montreal Canadiens 223 1
Denis Herron 1
1982–83 Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson New York Islanders 226 1
Billy Smith 1
1983–84 Jensen, AlAl Jensen Washington Capitals 226 1
Pat Riggin 1
1984–85 Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 237 1
Bob Sauve 1
1985–86 Froese, BobBob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 241 1
Darren Jensen 1
1986–87 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 241 1
Brian Hayward 1
1987–88 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 238 2
Brian Hayward 2
1988–89 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 218 3
Brian Hayward 3
1989–90 Moog, AndyAndy Moog Boston Bruins 232 1
Rejean Lemelin 1
1990–91 Belfour, EdEd Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 211 1
1991–92 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 207 4
1992–93 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 239 2
1993–94 Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 218 1
Grant Fuhr 1
1994–95 Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 115 3
1995–96 Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 181 1
Mike Vernon 1
1996–97 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 182 1
Mike Dunham 1
1997–98 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 166 2
1998–99 Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 168 4
Roman Turek 1
1999–2000 Roman Turek St. Louis Blues 165 2
2000–01 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 184 2
2001–02 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 169 5
2002–03 Martin Brodeur[A] New Jersey Devils 166 3
Cechmanek, RomanRoman Cechmanek1 Philadelphia Flyers 166 1
Robert Esche1 1
2003–04 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 164 4
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
- - -
2005–06 Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 200 1
2006–07 Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom Minnesota Wild 191 1
Manny Fernandez 1
2007–08 Dominik Hasek Detroit Red Wings 184 3
Chris Osgood 2
2008–09 Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 196 1
Manny Fernandez 2



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