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The Unique Club of Conn Smythe Winners from Losing Teams

(Photo: Conn Smythe Trophy/NHL)

In the annals of NHL history, there exists a unique club of players who have achieved a rare feat: winning the Conn Smythe Trophy while playing on a losing team in the Stanley Cup Final. The latest entrant to this exclusive club is none other than Connor McDavid, who achieved this distinction after the Edmonton Oilers lost 2-1 in Game 7 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final to the Florida Panthers.

(Photo: Connor McDavid/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Connor McDavid

The Other Five

Before McDavid, only five other players had achieved this feat. Let’s take a look at these players and their remarkable playoff performances.

Roger Crozier

(Photo: Roger Crozier 1966 Stanley Cup Final/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Glenn Hall

(Photo: Roger Crozier and Conn Smythe 1968)

Reggie Leach

(Photo: Ken Dryden and Reggie Leach 1976 Stanley Cup Final/Dennis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ron Hextall

(Photo: Ron Hextall winning Conn Smythe Trophy 1987/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

J.S. Giguere

(Photo: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and J.S. Giguere/Rusty Kennedy/AP Photo)

These six players remind us that individual brilliance can shine, even in defeat. They have left their mark on the game and continue to inspire future generations of hockey players. Their achievements underscore the fact that while hockey is a team sport, individual performances can still stand out and be recognized, even when the ultimate team prize eludes them.

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