The Hart Memorial Trophy, for the most valuable player, would be named instead after Gordie Howe. The Art Ross, for scoring, would be named after Wayne Gretzky, the most prolific scorer in league history.
The Norris trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenceman, would be named after Bobby Orr, who revolutionized the position. The Calder trophy, for rookie of the year, would be named after Pittsburgh great Mario Lemieux.
“It’s nothing more than an idea being kicked around at this point in time,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
So who would they rename the Lady Byng after?
Probably not Daniel Carcillo.
Should the NHL rename the trophies?
The case for the name changes is that some of the awards were named after owners and executives, rather than players.
People also believe that renaming the trophies after more recent, well-known players would make them more relevant.
Obviously, the opposing side feels that the current names are a part of the league’s tradition and should remain the same.
Will the Hart and the Norris go the way of the Patrick Division and the Wales Conference?