His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, donated this trophy to the National Hockey League in 1924. From 1927-28 through 1937-38, the award was presented to the team finishing first in the American Division of the NHL. From 1938-39, when the NHL reverted to one section, until 1966-67, it was presented to the team winning the NHL regular season championship.

With expansion in 1967-68, it again became the divisional trophy, awarded to the regular-season champions of the East Division through the end of the 1973-74 season. Beginning in 1974-75, it was awarded to the regular-season winner of the conference bearing the name of the trophy. From 1981-82 to 1992-93 the trophy was presented to the playoff champion in the Wales Conference.

Since 1993-94, the trophy has been presented to the playoff champion in the Eastern Conference. Beginning with the 1993-94 season, the club which advances to the Stanley Cup Finals as the winner of the Eastern Conference Championship is presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy.

Celebrating with the Prince Of Wales Trophy

In 1996, the Panthers used a Cinderella run to capture the Prince Of Wales Trophy in their third year of existence as a franchise. The fourth seed heading into the playoffs, Florida knocked off the fifth seed Boston Bruins in five games before upsetting the first seed Philadelphia Flyers in six games and then coming back from a 3-2 deficit in the Conference finals to defeat the second seed Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.


The newest of the NHL’s individual trophies is the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy. Appropriately, the award is presented annually to the goal-scoring leader during the regular season. The Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to honour their outstanding star and ambassador, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. Maurice Richard spent his entire 18-season career with the Montreal Canadiens, his hometown team. Richard led the NHL in goal scoring on five occasions. In 1944-45, Rocket Richard became the first NHL player to collect 50 goals in one season, scoring them in 50 games.

The first winner of the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy was Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the 1998-99 season.

Pavel Bure
The very next season, the Panthers "Russian Rocket" would take home the prize as Pavel Bure netted 58 goals during the 1999-00 season. Bure would score 14 goals than the second place scorer (Owen Nolan - 44).

Bure would one-up himself, literally, the very next season as his 59 goals gave him his second straight Rocket Richard Trophy. Colorado's Joe Sakic finished second with 54 goals.

Bure, to this day, is one of just three players to have taken home the Rocket Richard (Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Washington's Alex Ovechkin). Ovechkin also has won the Rocket Richard two years in a row (2007-08, 2008-09).

Lady Byng, wife of Canada's Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy in 1925. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng's death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Defenseman Brian Campbell

Defenseman Brian Campbell earned the Lady Byng during the 2011-12 season after leading all NHL players in ice time and T-1st among all NHL skaters in TOI/game (26:53) during the 2011-12 regular season, totaling only 6 PIM – his first penalty coming after accidentally shooting the puck out of play. The 33-year-old ranked T-2nd among all NHL defensemen with 53 points (4-49-53) and was one of only three Panthers to skate in all 82 regular-season games. He set a Panthers franchise record with 30 power-play assists and tied a franchise record for a defensemen with 49 helpers. 

Campbell becomes just the third defenseman ever to win in the 87-year history of the award, and the first blueliner to hold the honor since Red Kelly in 1954.


The Calder Memorial Trophy, named after former National Hockey League president Frank Calder, is awarded to the National Hockey League player judged to be the most proficient in his first season. Frank Calder was the NHL's president from 1917 until his sudden death in 1943. Although the NHL's best rookie was announced beginning with Carl Voss in 1933, it wasn't until the 1936-37 season and Syl Apps the recipient that the winner actually won the Calder Trophy. Upon Calder's death, the award became the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau
Jonathan Huberdeau became the first player in the history of the franchise to earn the rookie of the year honor after winning the Calder Trophy in the 2012-13 season.

Huberdeau completed his freshman campaign in the NHL tied for first among the league’s rookie leaders with 31 points, while placing third in goals (14) and tied for fourth in assists (17). Additionally, he placed first among rookie forwards averaging 16:55 TOI/per game and ranked third among rookies in shots (112). He was one of six rookies to play in all 48 games during the regular season. He also ranked second on the Panthers in points, while recording seven multi-point games.

The Saint-Jerome, Quebec native was named the league’s rookie of the month for February after recording six goals and three assists in 13 games played. Huberdeau tied a Panthers rookie record, while registering a career best four-point (2-2-4) effort on Feb. 21 at Philadelphia, including scoring the game-winner on a penalty shot. He became the first Panthers player to score on two penalty shots in one season, recording his second penalty shot goal on Mar. 5 vs. Carolina.

With 12 goals scored in the first 25 games played during his rookie season, Huberdeau joined Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Teemu Selanne as the only active players to accomplish this feat.
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