The Conn Smythe Trophy is one of the most special awards presented by the NHL every year. Unlike the postseason MVP mementos that the NBA, NFL and MLB give out, the Conn Smythe is awarded to the most outstanding player of the playoffs overall—not just the final series or game.
Starting in 1965, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association voted at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final to determine which player was most valuable to their team throughout the playoffs. The award has gone to 41 different players—only five times has the Conn Smythe been given to a player on the losing team of the final.
Players such as Wayne Gretzky who won the trophy more than once will only be represented on a single slide. Their most impressive performance will be representative of their numerous wins.