Presidents' Trophy facts for kids
|Established||1985–86 NHL season|
|Current holder(s)||New York Rangers|
|Awarded to the||National Hockey League team with the most points in the regular season|
The Presidents' Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team that finishes with the most points in the league during the regular season. If two teams tie for the most points, then the trophy goes to the team with the most wins. The winning team is also awarded $350,000 in cash bonuses. The Presidents' Trophy has been awarded 27 times to 15 different teams since first being awarded in 1985. The most recent winner is the New York Rangers for the 2014–15 NHL season.
The trophy was introduced at the start of the 1985–86 NHL season by the league's Board of Governors. Before the 1985–86 NHL season, the best team in the league during the regular season was allowed to hang a banner stating "NHL League Champions". The winning team is also awarded 350,000 Canadian dollars, to be shared between the team and its players. The Presidents' Trophy winner is guaranteed home-ice advantage in all four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, provided the team goes that far, so it remains the most likely position to produce the cup winner.
From 1937 to 1968, the same rules now used for winning the Presidents' Trophy were used to award the Prince of Wales Trophy. With the Modern Era expansion in the 1967–68 season and the start of the West Division, the Wales Trophy was awarded to the team that finished in first place in the East Division during the regular season. However, no trophy was awarded to the team that finished with the best overall record in the league during this period, and no trophy at all was awarded from the 1981–82 season through the 1984–85 season; the Wales and Campbell trophies were transferred to the playoff champions of those conferences in 1981–82. A cash bonus was given to each player on the team with the league's best regular-season record during these years, to which the Presidents' Trophy was added in 1985–86.
The only team to have won the Presidents' Trophy more than twice is the Detroit Red Wings, with six. However, the Montreal Canadiens have finished first overall 21 times, the most times in league history, although they have yet to win the Presidents' Trophy. Detroit is second with 18 first-overall finishes.
Stanley Cup. * Team won the ^ Team lost in the Stanley Cup finals. # Team lost in a preliminary round of the playoffs.
|Year||Winner||Points||Playoff Result||Win #|
|1985–86||Edmonton Oilers||119||Lost Division final (CGY)||1|
|1986–87||Edmonton Oilers||105||Won Stanley Cup*||2|
|1987–88||Calgary Flames||105||Lost Division final (EDM)||1|
|1988–89||Calgary Flames||117||Won Stanley Cup*||2|
|1989–90||Boston Bruins||101||Lost Stanley Cup final (EDM)^||1|
|1990–91||Chicago Blackhawks||106||Lost Division semi-final (MIN)#||1|
|1991–92||New York Rangers||105||Lost Division final (PIT)||1|
|1992–93||Pittsburgh Penguins||119||Lost Division final (NYI)||1|
|1993–94||New York Rangers||112||Won Stanley Cup*||2|
|1994–95||Detroit Red Wings||70||Lost Stanley Cup final (NJ)^||1|
|1995–96||Detroit Red Wings||131||Lost Conference final (COL)||2|
|1996–97||Colorado Avalanche||107||Lost Conference final (DET)||1|
|1997–98||Dallas Stars||109||Lost Conference final (DET)||1|
|1998–99||Dallas Stars||114||Won Stanley Cup*||2|
|1999–2000||St. Louis Blues||114||Lost Conference quarter-final (SJ)#||1|
|2000–01||Colorado Avalanche||118||Won Stanley Cup*||2|
|2001–02||Detroit Red Wings||116||Won Stanley Cup*||3|
|2002–03||Ottawa Senators||113||Lost Conference final (NJ)||1|
|2003–04||Detroit Red Wings||109||Lost Conference semi-final (CGY)||4|
|2004–05||No winner because of the
2004–05 NHL lockout
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||124||Lost Conference quarter-final (EDM)#||5|
|2006–07||Buffalo Sabres||113||Lost Conference final (OTT)||1|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||115||Won Stanley Cup*||6|
|2008–09||San Jose Sharks||117||Lost Conference quarter-final (ANA)#||1|
|2009–10||Washington Capitals||121||Lost Conference quarter-final (MTL)#||1|
|2010–11||Vancouver Canucks||117||Lost Stanley Cup Finals (BOS)^||1|
|2011–12||Vancouver Canucks||111||Lost Conference Quarterfinals (LA)#||2|
|2012–13||Chicago Blackhawks||77||Won Stanley Cup||2|
|2013–14||Boston Bruins||117||Lost Conference Semifinals (MTL)||2|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||113||Lost Conference Finals (TB)||3|
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