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Episode 41: Hart Trophy Part 6: The Dead Puck Era


The MVP trophy is the most important trophy for any league; for better or worse it is how we determine who was the "best" player and, when we look at league history, it's one way we use to judge players against each other, and, ultimately, it's part of how we decide whether or not someone belongs in the greatness canon (whether that is the Hall of Fame or something else).

But there are some obvious problems with any MVP trophy and the Hart is no exception. Some people strongly believe the MVP trophy belongs to the "best" player in the league, and some people believe that the MVP should indeed go to the "most valuable player" in the league. And some of the supporters of either definition change their minds from year to year. And, adding to the inconsistency of interpretation between "best" and "most valuable", we are not even sure what "best" and "most valuable" mean.

In this episode we discuss the following Hart Trophy winners:

Eric Lindros, Mario Lemieux, Dominik Hasek (2), Jaromir Jagr, Chris Pronger, Joe Sakic, Jose Theodore, Peter Forsberg, Martin St. Louis, Gary Bettman

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Bill Enos

Bill Enos 

 Bill grew up on the south shore of Montreal, but was born on the left coast. He has been a die-hard Canucks fan since 1989 (except those two Messier years, which he spent living in a bunker fearing the sun).  Bill has long been an avid baseball, hockey and football fan, and probably should write a book about one of them. Joining the podcast with Riley is a chance for Bill to flex his vast knowledge of hockey history without becoming a pub quiz barfly. Bill has promised to remove his green and blue coloured glasses for the podcast, but can't make any promises. 


Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley grew up watching baseball but fell in love with the Maple Leafs during the 1993 playoff run. He had his heart broken by Gretzky and didn't watch hockey again for 5 years. Starting with the 1999 Leafs playoff run Riley immersed himself in hockey again, becoming so obsessive that he eventually wrote a book about Maple Leafs mismanagement. He dates his falling out of love with the Maple Leafs from the David Clarkson contract. He is now much more of a basketball fan but still loves the history of hockey.

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