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Ryan Kesler

Current award winner, Ryan Kesler


Four-time winner (1989, 1991, 1995, 1996), Trevor Linden

Pavel Bure in Canucks uniform

Three-time winner (1993, 1994, 1998), Pavel Bure

Markus Naslund

Five-time winner (1999, 2001-2004), Markus Naslund

Roberto Luongo 2008

Two-time winner (2007, 2008), Roberto Luongo

The Cyclone Taylor Award is the award given each year to the most valuable player on the Vancouver Canucks (a National Hockey League team). It is named after Cyclone Taylor, a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who led the Vancouver Millionaires to the Stanley Cup in 1915. The award was dedicated to him prior to the 1979-80 Canuck season, the season after his death on June 9, 1979, although an award for the Canucks MVP has existed since the team's inauguration in 1970. Previously it was a Canucks MVP Award as selected by the fans while the other MVP award, the President's Trophy was selected by CP Air and later Canadian Airlines. However after the 1995–96 season, the Cyclone Taylor Trophy officially became the lone Canucks MVP award since the winners of each trophy was identical.

The most prolific winner of the Cyclone Taylor Trophy is Markus Naslund, who has been awarded five times (including four straight from 2001 to 2004), followed by Trevor Linden with four. The trophy's present holder is center Ryan Kesler.


Positions key
C Centre LW Left Wing D Defence RW Right Wing G Goaltender

     Player is still active with the Canucks

Season Winner Position Win #
1970–71 Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach C 1
1971–72 Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach C 2
1972–73 Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach C 3
1973–74 Smith, GaryGary Smith G 1
1974–75 Smith, GaryGary Smith G 2
1975–76 Lever, DonDon Lever LW 1
1976–77 Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago G 1
1977–78 Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago G 2
1978–79 Gradin, ThomasThomas Gradin C 1
1978–79 Hanlon, GlenGlen Hanlon G 1
1979–80 1 Smyl, StanStan Smyl RW 1
1980–81 Brodeur, RichardRichard Brodeur G 1
1981–82 Brodeur, RichardRichard Brodeur G 2
1982–83 Smyl, StanStan Smyl RW 2
1983–84 Sundstrom, PatrikPatrik Sundstrom C 1
1984–85 Brodeur, RichardRichard Brodeur G 3
1985–86 Smyl, StanStan Smyl RW 3
1986–87 Pederson, BarryBarry Pederson C 1
1987–88 Tanti, TonyTony Tanti LW 1
1988–89 Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden C 1
1989–90 McLean, KirkKirk McLean G 1
1990–91 Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden C 2
1991–92 McLean, KirkKirk McLean G 2
1992–93 Bure, PavelPavel Bure RW 1
1993–94 Bure, PavelPavel Bure RW 2
1994–95 Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden C 3
1995–96 Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden C 4
1996–97 Gelinas, MartinMartin Gelinas LW 1
1997–98 Bure, PavelPavel Bure RW 3
1998–99 Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 1
1999–00 Messier, MarkMark Messier C 1
2000–01 Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 2
2001–02 Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 3
2002–03 Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 4
2003–04 Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 5
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
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2005–06 Auld, AlexAlex Auld G 1
2006–07 Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo G 1
2007–08 Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo G 2
2008–09 Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler C 1

1 - Award renamed Cyclone Taylor Award

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