Art Ross Trophy—Top Point Scorer
in the NHL
The Art Ross Trophy is an annual award given to the player who leads the League in scoring points at the end of the regular season.
Art Ross is remembered by many hockey fans as a long-time executive with the Boston Bruins hockey club
and as a Hall of Fame player. A native of Naughton,
Ontario, Ross grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where he
learned to play and love hockey. An outstanding player
throughout his career, he won his first Stanley Cup in
1906-07 with the Kenora Thistles, and ended his career with the Montreal Wanderers.
Shortly after retiring as a player, Art Ross was named coach of the Boston Bruins in their inaugural season (1924-25), and won three Stanley Cups with them before
becoming their general manager. In 1945, the Hockey Hall of Fame
honoured Ross by naming him one of their twelve chartered
Due to his ongoing commitment to the game, and in
appreciation for all it had given him, Arthur Howie Ross presented
a trophy to the National Hockey League in 1947.
It would seem that the Art Ross Trophy would belong in Edmonton
during the 1980s. In fact, only one Oiler has ever
won this prestigious award. During his tenure with the Oilers, Wayne
Gretzky practically owned the trophy, winning it
seven consecutive years in a row (1981-1987), a feat
that is still unmatched.
As a Los Angeles King, Gretzky won the award three more
times, and has won the award more times than any other