Georges Vezina was nicknamed the "Chicoutimi Cucumber" for his calm composure while in goal. He hailed from Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada.
From the time he joined the Canadiens in 1910 until being forced to retire due to illness in 1925, Vezina never missed a game or allowed a substitution. He played in 328 consecutive regular-season games and an additional 39 playoff games.
Vezina died of tuberculosis at the age of 39 on March 27, 1926.
Upon Vezina's death, the trophy was donated to the NHL by the Canadiens' owners—Leo Dandurand, Louis Letourneau and Joe Cattarinich—to honour Vezina permanently.
The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1926-27 NHL season to George Hainsworth, who had come to Montreal to succeed Vezina.
Goaltenders for the Montreal Canadiens have won the Vezina 28 times.
Before 1982, the trophy was awarded to goaltenders who played a minimum of 25 games for the team and allowed the fewest goals.
The first New York Rangers goaltender to capture the trophy was Dave Kerr in 1940.
Jacques Plante won the trophy a record seven times: six with the Montreal Canadiens and once with the St. Louis Blues.
During the 1973-74 NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers finished tied for the fewest goals against; therefore, their respective goaltenders, Tony Esposito and Bernie Parent, were both awarded the trophy. This is the only time that it would be shared between two players from different teams.
The Vezina Trophy is voted on by the general managers of all NHL clubs.
**Details courtesy of Wikipedia and NHL.com.