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# Conn Smythe Trophy

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs. The winner is chosen by the vote of members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

The trophy was named for the late Conn Smythe[?] (1895-1980), a Hockey Hall of Fame builder and owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The first ever trophy was won by Jean Beliveau[?] of the Montreal Canadiens for his performance in the 1965 Stanley Cup playoffs. Since then, Patrick Roy[?] has won it 3 times, more than any other player in history and Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, and Bernie Parent[?] have each won it twice.

(#) indicates multiple winner
++ indicates player from losing team

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