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05-13-2008, 06:16 PM
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Though this isn't an official NHL award, I thought I'd include the results in this thread if anyone was interested:

The magazine The Sporting News has since 1968 conducted a players poll to choose a Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and All-Star Teams. Since there is no official vote totals for the Pearson Award released, I thought that the results of TSN's Player Of The Year voting may be the closest thing so I went through the TSN archives at Paper Of Record to see what I could find.

While the results may seem redundant compared to Hart voting in most seasons, there are a few discrepancies. Since these were voted on by the players rather than the writers, it's a bit of a different outlook. Unfortunately, some years the articles aren't as informative as others. I've included the total number of votes cast when mentioned.

Note: For the first 8 years, they gave out separate awards for each conference. Starting with the 75-76 season they went to just one award for the entire league.

Also of interest is the 78-79 and 88-89 results, where the Pearson winner finished far behind the winners here.

1967-68:
East Div: Stan Mikita
West Div: Red Berenson

1968-69
East Div: Phil Esposito (article states he was 3 votes shy of a unanimous choice)
West Div: Red Berenson

1969-70:
East Div:
1. Bobby Orr
2. Tony Esposito (article states he was a distant 2nd in voting)

West Div:
1. Red Berenson (article states it was a narrow victory)
2. Phil Goyette

1970-71:
East Div: Phil Esposito
West Div: Bobby Hull

1971-72:
East Div: Jean Ratelle
West Div: Bobby Hull

1972-73:
East Div:
1. Phil Esposito 46
2. Ken Dryden 21

West Div:
1. Bobby Clarke (article stated he won by a 20 vote margin)
2. Rick MacLeish

1973-74:
East Div: Phil Esposito
West Div: Bernie Parent

1974-75:
Campbell Conf:
1. Bobby Clarke 51
2. Bernie Parent 35
3. Gary Smith 32

Wales Conf:
1. Guy Lafleur 56
2. Bobby Orr 48
3. Rogie Vachon 28

1975-76 (188/249):
1. Bobby Clarke 107
2. Guy Lafleur 79

1976-77 (229/264):
1. Guy Lafleur 176
2. Steve Shutt 28
3. Marcel Dionne 25

1977-78:
1. Guy Lafleur 120
2. Bryan Trottier 79
3. Darryl Sittler 23
4. Terry O'Reilly ??
5. Don Edwards ??

1978-79 (251/270):
1. Bryan Trottier 93
2. Guy Lafleur 66
3. Mike Bossy 64
4. Marcel Dionne 28

1979-80 (255/348):
1. Marcel Dionne 128
2. Wayne Gretzky 127

1980-81 (287/324):
1. Wayne Gretzky 148
2. Mike Liut 139

1981-82 (280/280)
1. Wayne Gretzky 262
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 5

1982-83 (292/326):
1. Wayne Gretzky 176
2. Pete Peeters 116

1983-84 (305/313):
1. Wayne Gretzky 250
2. Rod Langway 29
3. Bryan Trottier 26

1984-85 (278/315):
1. Wayne Gretzky 234
2. Jari Kurri 27
3. Dale Hawerchuk 17

1985-86 (297/327)
1. Wayne Gretzky 157
2. Mario Lemieux 106
3. Paul Coffey 34

1986-87 (251/270)
1. Wayne Gretzky 185
2. Ray Bourque 66

1987-88 (311/328)
1. Mario Lemieux 203
2. Grant Fuhr 39
3. Wayne Gretzky 35
4. Steve Yzerman 34

1988-89 (302/309)
1. Mario Lemieux 120
2. Wayne Gretzky 109
3. Steve Yzerman 73

1989-90 (277/295)
1. Mark Messier 119
2. Ray Bourque 84
3. Brett Hull 74

1990-91
1. Brett Hull 203
2. Wayne Gretzky 118
3. Ed Belfour 54

1991-92
1. Mark Messier 226
2. Brett Hull 27
3. Kevin Stevens 22

1992-93: Mario Lemieux (no vote totals given)
1993-94 Sergei Fedorov (no vote totals given)
1994-95: Eric Lindros (no vote totals given)
1995-96: Mario Lemieux (no vote totals given)

1996-97 (119/151)
1. Dominik Hasek 91
2. Mario Lemieux 28

1997-98 (192/216)
1. Dominik Hasek 98
2. Teemu Selanne 69
3. Jaromir Jagr 25

1998-99
1. Jaromir Jagr 160
2. Alexei Yashin 19

1999-00
1. Jaromir Jagr 81
2. Pavel Bure 65
3. Chris Pronger 35

2000-01
1. Joe Sakic 268
2. Mario Lemieux 34
3. Jaromir Jagr 23

2001-02
1. Jarome Iginla
2. Patrick Roy
3. Joe Sakic

2002-03 (195/263)
1. Peter Forsberg 101
2. Markus Naslund 94

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