Re: Name the 4 Conferences...
posted at 12/7/2011 5:46 PM EST
In Response to Re: Name the 4 Conferences...
[QUOTE]Naming them after players just won't work. I like using the names of builders for the conferences; I'd rather they rename the trophies for players. I never liked it when you could play in the Norris division and win the Norris Trophy (or Smythe, or Adams). Norris -- /> Orr Smythe -- /> Roy (I know, but he won it more than any other player) Adams -- /> Bowman (Again, I know, but who else can make a case?) Patrick can stay as is. Other suggestions
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Orr should get his own trophy. Leave the Norris alone, and Give the Robert Gordon Orr Award to the leading scorer among defensemen.
The Adams is fine as is - Jack Adams is a Hall of Fame player and coach, who spent 36 years in management for the Wings (coach and GM). He was one of the first star players the NHL ever had, and revolutionized coaching in the sport, and his name is on the Cup 9 times, same as Bowman. He's one of only a handful of people to win it as a player, coach and GM.
Georges Vezina was the first superstar goaltender in NHL history. He's a Hall of Famer, backstopping the Canadiens for 15 years and 327 consecutive games plus 39 playoffs without a mask. He would of kept going too, but he caught TB and died. He Won two Cups for the Habs, and was the first player inducted into the HHOF. The Vezina Trophy's name is just fine.
If you want change a trophy name, how about the Lady Byng? You could call it the Frank Boucher Memorial Award (he won it 7 times in 8 years, prompting Lady Byng to give him the original trophy to keep).
Or give real names to the Trophies that don't have them yet - NHL |GM of the Year, the NHL +- Award (another option for the name Robert Gordon Orr Award), and the NHL Foundation Player Award (the Willie O'Ree Award maybe?).
Also if you were to rename the Conn Smythe, wouldn't Henri Richard make more sense? Never won the CS, but he has 11 Stanley Cups.