If a player won the Conn Smythe Trophy, he has cemented his name in NHL history as an essential figure during his time on the ice.
The Smythe is awarded at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final to the player deemed most valuable in the playoffs. This year's winner could be announced tonight if the Los Angeles Kings can close out the New Jersey Devils.
This season's leading candidate seems to be the Kings' Jonathan Quick, who is putting up historically dominant goaltending numbers.
Netminders and scorers alike have played worthy of this trophy; one player scored the game-winner in nearly half of his team's victories, while others make Quick's performance seem relatively mundane.
The award was first given in 1965; here are the best of those recipients.