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O'Brien Trophy History

The O'Brien Trophy was donated to the National Hockey Association by its' name sake Senator J. O'Brien in recognition of his son J. Ambrose O'Brien, in 1910. The trophy was to be emblematic of the championship of the league.

J.A. O'Brien had hockey in his blood. He participated at all levels of the game - as a player, financier and founder. He almost single-handedly organized the National Hockey Association and helped launch one of the most famous teams in NHL history - the Montreal Canadiens.

After the demise of the National Hockey Association in 1917, the trophy was taken over by the National Hockey League and awarded to the league champions. Upon the donation of the Prince of Wales Trophy to the NHL in the early 1920's, a decision was made by the league executive to retire the O'Brien Trophy. However in 1928, the O'Brien Trophy officially was awarded to the Canadian team with the most points.

The significance of the O'Brien Trophy was again altered in 1939, when it became the award handed out to the losing Stanley Cup finalist. Of note, the trophy was not formerly awarded between 1939 and 1943. It wasn't until 1944 that the teams from that five-year period had their names inscribed on the trophy. The O'Brien Trophy was officially retired by the NHL at the end of the 1949-50 season.


ALL-TIME WINNERS


1950 New York Rangers
1949 Detroit Red Wings
1948 Detroit Red Wings
1947 Montreal Canadiens
1946 Boston Bruins
1945 Detroit Red Wings
1944 Chicago Blackhawks
1943 Boston Bruins
1942 Detroit Red Wings
1941 Detroit Red Wings
1940 Toronto Maple Leafs
1939 Toronto Maple Leafs
1938 Toronto Maple Leafs
1937 Montreal Canadiens
1936 Montreal Maroons
1935 Toronto Maple Leafs
1934 Toronto Maple Leafs
1933 Toronto Maple Leafs
1932 Montreal Canadiens
1931 Montreal Canadiens
1930 Montreal Maroons
1929 Montreal Canadiens
1928 Montreal Canadiens
1923 Ottawa Senators
1922 Toronto St Pats
1921 Ottawa Senators
1920 Ottawa Silver Seven
1919 Montreal Canadiens
1918 Toronto Arenas
1917 Montreal Canadiens
1916 Montreal Canadiens
1915 Ottawa Senators
1914 Toronto Blue Shirts
1913 Quebec Bulldogs
1912 Quebec Bulldogs
1911 Ottawa Senators
1910 Montreal Wanderers