Original Calder Trophy Awarded to NHL Rookie of the Year on Display


February 6, 2012

Calder Cup
Photo Credit: Avard Woolaver

A piece of hockey history will be on display at the Emera Oval tonight between 4p.m. and 8p.m.

The first ever Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to NHL legend Syl Apps for his Rookie of the Year performance in the 1936-37 season, will be on display at the Emera Oval until 8p.m.

Syl Apps’ son, NHL star Syl Apps. Jr., (father to women’s’ hockey star Gillian Apps) sent his father’s Calder Trophy to Nova Scotia to help celebrate the Long Pond Heritage Classic, a pond hockey fundraiser that his being held this Saturday, February 11 at Long Pond in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the birthplace of hockey. Syl Apps Jr., as well as NHL star Terry O’Reilly and AHL President Dave Andrews will be playing at the Long Pond Heritage Classic (longpondclassic.com).

Rob Frost, Chair of the Long Pond Heritage Classic, will be hosting the Trophy and will be available for interviews between 5p.m.-8p.m. The Trophy is being displayed at the Beaver Tails kiosk at the Oval.

About the Calder Memorial Trophy
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs. From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, Frank Calder, NHL President, bought a trophy each year to be given permanently to the outstanding rookie. After Calder’s death, the NHL presented the Calder Memorial Trophy in his memory and the trophy is to be kept in perpetuity.

To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league. The player must not be older than 26 years before September 15 of the season in which he is eligible.