KINGS ANNUAL TEAM AWARDS

The Los Angeles Kings organization gives out nine Annual Team Awards to their players every season. The awards are Most Valuable Player ("Bill Libby Memorial Award"), Best Newcomer ("Mark Bavis Memorial Award"), Outstanding Defenseman and Best Defensive Player as voted by the Kings Media; Most Inspirational Player ("Ace Bailey Memorial Award") and Unsung Hero, as voted by the Kings Players; Community Service Award, as selected by the Kings Care Foundation; and the Kings Most Popular Player award, which is selected by the Kings Booster Club.

An award is also given out to the team's leading scorer, which goes to the player who leads the club in points each year. Below is the history of each award, complete with a list of each year's winner:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
"BILL LIBBY MEMORIAL AWARD"

The Bill Libby Memorial Award is named after former Los Angeles sportswriter Bill Libby, who passed away on June 16, 1984. The Kings media determines via vote which King was the team's most valuable player upon the conclusion of each season.
1967-68 Eddie Joyal
1968-69 Gerry Desjardins
1969-70 Ross Lonsberry
1970-71 Juha Widing
1971-72 Gilles Marotte
1972-73 Rogie Vachon
1973-74 Rogie Vachon
1974-75 Rogie Vachon
1975-76 Marcel Dionne
1976-77 Marcel Dionne
1977-78 Butch Goring
1978-79 Marcel Dionne
1979-80 Marcel Dionne
1980-81 Mario Lessard
1981-82 Marcel Dionne
Dave Taylor
1982-83 Marcel Dionne
1983-84 Charlie Simmer
1984-85 Marcel Dionne
1985-86 Marcel Dionne
1986-87 Roland Melanson
1987-88 Jimmy Carson
1988-89 Wayne Gretzky
1989-90 Wayne Gretzky
1990-91 Wayne Gretzky
1991-92 Kelly Hrudey
1992-93 Luc Robitaille
1993-94 Wayne Gretzky
1994-95 Kelly Hrudey
1995-96 Dimitri Khristich
1996-97 Dimitri Khristich
1997-98 Rob Blake
1998-99 Luc Robitaille
1999-00 Rob Blake
2000-01 Luc Robitaille
2001-02 Jason Allison
2002-03 Ziggy Palffy
2003-04 Luc Robitaille
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Lubomir Visnovsky
2006-07 Michael Cammalleri
2007-08 Anze Kopitar
2008-09 Dustin Brown
2009-10 Anze Kopitar
2010-11 Anze Kopitar
Marcel Dionne was named the Kings' MVP a franchise-best eight times.
 
Wayne Gretzky won the award four times, including three straight from 1988-91.
 
Anze Kopitar won the award in 2007-08.
OUTSTANDING DEFENSEMAN
The Kings media also vote on whom they feel to be the Kings Most Outstanding Defenseman over the course of each season. The first award was given out during the 1976-77 season.
1976-77 Gary Sargent
1977-78 Randy Manery
1978-79 Randy Manery
1979-80 Doug Halward
1980-81 Dave Lewis
1981-82 Larry Murphy
1982-83 Jay Wells
1983-84 Jay Wells
1984-85 Mark Hardy
1985-86 Jay Wells
1986-87 Mark Hardy
1987-88 Tom Laidlaw
1988-89 Steve Duchesne
1989-90 Tim Watters
1990-91 Rob Blake
1991-92 Rob Blake
1992-93 Rob Blake
1993-94 Rob Blake
1994-95 Darryl Sydor
1995-96 Steven Finn
1996-97 Mattias Norstrom
1997-98 Rob Blake
1998-99 Mattias Norstrom
1999-00 Rob Blake
2000-01 Mattias Norstrom
2001-02 Aaron Miller
2002-03 Mattias Norstrom
2003-04 Lubomir Visnovsky
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Lubomir Visnovsky
2006-07 Lubomir Visnovsky
2007-08 Jack Johnson
2008-09 Drew Doughty
2009-10 Drew Doughty
2010-11 Drew Doughty
Rob Blake has been named the Kings best defenseman eight times, the most in franchise history.
 
Rookie Jack Johnson was named the Kings Most Outstanding Defenseman in 2007-08.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER
The Best Defensive Player award is given out to any player (forward, defenseman or goaltender) whom the media feels exhibits the best prowess on the defensive end of the ice. The award has been given out since the 1988-89 season.
1988-89 Tom Laidlaw
1989-90 Steve Kasper
1990-91 Steve Kasper
1991-92 John McIntyre
1992-93 Jari Kurri
1993-94 Jari Kurri
1994-95 Pat Conacher
1995-96 Kevin Todd
1996-97 Ian Laperriere
1997-98 Ian Laperriere
1998-99 Ian Laperriere
1999-00 Mattias Norstrom
2000-01 Mattias Norstrom
2001-02 Aaron Miller
2002-03 Mattias Norstrom
2003-04 Mattias Norstrom
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Mattias Norstrom
2006-07 Derek Armstrong
2007-08 Patrick O'Sullivan
2008-09 Michal Handzus
2009-10 Michal Handzus
2010-11 Anze Kopitar
Mattias Norstrom won the award five out of seven years from 1999-06.
 
Patrick O'Sullivan won the award in 2007-08.

MOST POPULAR PLAYER
Determined by the Kings Booster Club, the Kings Most Popular Player award is given to player whom is most popular amongst Kings fans. The first award was given out following the 1968-69 campaign.
1968-69 Eddie Joyal
1969-70 Eddie Joyal
1970-71 Gilles Marotte
1971-72 Ralph Backstrom
1972-73 Butch Goring
1973-74 Dan Maloney
1974-75 Butch Goring
1975-76 Butch Goring
1976-77 Rogie Vachon
1977-78 Butch Goring
1978-79 Marcel Dionne
1979-80 Marcel Dionne
1980-81 Charlie Simmer
1981-82 Dave Taylor
1982-83 No vote
1983-84 Bernie Nicholls
1984-85 Marcel Dionne
1985-86 Marcel Dionne
1986-87 Jimmy Carson
1987-88 Luc Robitaille
1988-89 Wayne Gretzky
1989-90 Marty McSorley
1990-91 Marty McSorley
1991-92 Luc Robitaille
1992-93 Marty McSorley
1993-94 Wayne Gretzky
1994-95 Kelly Hrudey
1995-96 Eric Lacroix
1996-97 Dan Bylsma
Ian Laperriere
1997-98 Rob Blake
1998-99 Luc Robitaille
1999-00 Ian Laperriere
2000-01 Ian Laperriere
2001-02 Adam Deadmarsh
2002-03 Ian Laperriere
2003-04 Alexander Frolov
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Luc Robitaille
2006-07 Anze Kopitar
2007-08 Dustin Brown
2008-09 Dustin Brown
2009-10 Dustin Brown
2010-11 Anze Kopitar
Butch Goring was the Kings Most Popular player four times in six years from 1972-78.
 
Marty McSorley was Kings Fans favorite three times in the early 90s.
 
Kings Captain Dustin Brown was the fan favorite in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Garnet "Ace" Bailey
MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER
"ACE BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD"

The Ace Bailey Memorial Award is given out to the Kings Most Inspirational Player and is named after the late Garnet "Ace" Bailey, who spent seven years as the Kings director of pro scouting before passing tragically on Sept. 11, 2001, aboard United Airlines Flight 175 with fellow Kings scout Mark Bavis. The award was first given out following the 1972-73 season and was dedicated to Ace Bailey in 2002.
1972-73 Rogie Vachon
1973-74 Terry Harper
1974-75 Bob Nevin
1975-76 Bob Nevin
1976-77 Butch Goring
1977-78 Butch Goring
1978-79 Dave Taylor
1979-80 Charlie Simmer
1980-81 Dave Taylor
1981-82 Dave Taylor
1982-83 Terry Ruskowski
1983-84 Anders Hakansson
1984-85 Dave Taylor
1985-86 Dave "Tiger" Williams
1986-87 Dave "Tiger" Williams
1987-88 Dave Taylor
1988-89 John Tonelli
1989-90 John Tonelli
1990-91 Larry Robinson
1991-92 Tony Granato
1992-93 Dave Taylor
1993-94 Pat Conacher
1994-95 Kelly Hrudey
1995-96 Tony Granato
1996-97 Ian Laperriere
1997-98 Rob Blake
1998-99 Mattias Norstrom
1999-00 Garry Galley
2000-01 Ian Laperriere
2001-02 Ziggy Palffy
2002-03 Ian Laperriere
2003-04 Luc Robitaille
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Mattias Norstrom
2006-07 Tom Kostopoulos
2007-08 Dustin Brown
2008-09 Sean O'Donnell
2009-10 Matt Greene
2010-11 Matt Greene
Dave Taylor won the award a franchise-best six times.
 
Kelly Hrudey in 1994-95 and Rogie Vachon in 1972-73 are the only two goaltenders to win the award.
 
Ian Laperriere's physical play was an inspiration to his team. Lappy won the award three times.

Mark Bavis
BEST NEWCOMER
"MARK BAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD"

This award is given out to the member of the organization that makes the greatest impact as a newcomer. The first winner of the award was former Kings owner Bruce McNall, who is the only non-player to ever win the award. In 2002, the award was named after the late Mark Bavis, a first-year Kings scout who passed away tragically aboard United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001.
1988-89 Bruce McNall
1989-90 Todd Elik
1990-91 Daniel Berthiaume
1991-92 Corey Millen
1992-93 Darryl Sydor
Alexei Zhitnik
1993-94 Robert Lang
1994-95 Rick Tocchet
1995-96 Vitali Yachmenev
1996-97 Stephane Fiset
1997-98 Jozef Stumpel
1998-99 Donald Audette
1999-00 Ziggy Palffy
2000-01 Lubomir Visnovsky
2001-02 Jason Allison
2002-03 Alexander Frolov
2003-04 Trent Klatt
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Pavol Demitra
2006-07 Anze Kopitar
2007-08 Jack Johnson
2008-09 Drew Doughty
2009-10 Ryan Smyth
2010-11 Willie Mitchell
Palffy scored 27-39=66 in 64 games in his first season in LA (1999-00) after coming over from the Islanders in a trade.
 
Anze Kopitar had the fifth-most points ever by a Kings rookie in 2006-07.

LEADING SCORER
This award is given annually to the team leader in points scored. The inaugural award was given out in 1967-68.
1967-68 Eddie Joyal
(23-34=57)
1968-69 Eddie Joyal
(33-19=52)
1969-70 Ross Lonsberry
(20-22=42)
1970-71 Juha Widing
(25-40=65)
1971-72 Juha Widing
(27-28=55)
1972-73 Juha Widing
(16-54=70)
1973-74 Butch Goring
(28-33=61)
1974-75 Bob Nevin
(31-41=72)
1975-76 Marcel Dionne
(40-54=94)
1976-77 Marcel Dionne
(53-69=122)
1977-78 Marcel Dionne
(36-43=79)
1978-79 Marcel Dionne
(59-71=130)
1979-80 Marcel Dionne
(53-84=137)
1980-81 Marcel Dionne
(58-77=135)
1981-82 Marcel Dionne
(50-67=117)
1982-83 Marcel Dionne
(56-51=107)
1983-84 Bernie Nicholls
(41-54=95)
1984-85 Marcel Dionne
(46-80=126)
1985-86 Bernie Nicholls
(36-61=97)
1986-87 Luc Robitaille
(45-39=84)
1987-88 Luc Robitaille
(53-58=111)
1988-89 Wayne Gretzky
(54-114=168)
1989-90 Wayne Gretzky
(40-102=142)
1990-91 Wayne Gretzky
(41-122=163)
1991-92 Wayne Gretzky
(31-90=121
1992-93 Luc Robitaille
(63-62=125)
1993-94 Wayne Gretzky
(38-92=130)
1994-95 Wayne Gretzky
(11-37=48)
1995-96 Dimitri Khristich
(27-37=64)
Note: In 1995-96, Wayne Gretzky led the team with 81 points (15-66=81), but was traded to the St. Louis Blues after 62 games.
1996-97 Dimitri Khristich
(19-37=56)
1997-98 Jozef Stumpel
(21-58=79)
1998-99 Luc Robitaille
(39-35=74)
1999-00 Luc Robitaille
(36-38=74)
2000-01 Ziggy Palffy
(38-51=89)
2001-02 Jason Allison
(19-55=74)
2002-03 Ziggy Palffy
(37-48=85)
2003-04 Luc Robitaille
(22-29=51)
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Lubomir Visnovsky
(17-50=67)
2006-07 Michael Cammalleri
(34-46-80)
2007-08 Anze Kopitar
(32-45=77)
2008-09 Anze Kopitar
(27-39=66)
2009-10 Anze Kopitar
(34-46=80)
2010-11 Anze Kopitar
(25-48=73)
Eddie Joyal led the Kings in scoring in each of the franchise's first two seasons.
 
Juha Widing led the Kings in scoring three straight seasons in the early 1970s.
 
Luc Robitaille led the Kings in scoring six times over his Hall of Fame career.
In 2005-06, Lubomir Visnovsky became the first Kings defenseman to lead the team in scoring.
 
Anze Kopitar led the team in scoring in 2007-08, with 32-45=77.

UNSUNG HERO
This award is determined by the Kings players and awarded to the player that contributed the most to the team yet did not get the proper recognition for their contributions. The award was first given out in 1968.
1968-69 Brent Hughes
1969-70 Jimmy Peters
1970-71 Paul Curtis
1971-72 Norm Mackie (trainer)
1972-73 Larry Brown
1973-74 Frank St. Marseille
1974-75 Gary Edwards
1975-76 Neil Komadoski
1976-77 Mike Murphy
1977-78 Pete Stemkowski
1978-79 Rob Palmer
1979-80 Mike Murphy
1980-81 Larry Murphy
1981-82 John Paul Kelly
1982-83 John Paul Kelly
1983-84 Anders Hakansson
1984-85 Phil Sykes
1985-86 Bryan Erickson
Phil Sykes
1986-87 Roland Melanson
1987-88 Tom Laidlaw
1988-89 Tim Watters
1989-90 Dave Taylor
1990-91 Dave Taylor
1991-92 Charlie Huddy
1992-93 Pat Conacher
1993-94 Kelly Hrudey
1994-95 Pat Conacher
1995-96 Steven Finn
1996-97 Byron Dafoe
1997-98 Mattias Norstrom
1998-99 Mattias Norstrom
1999-00 Mattias Norstrom
2000-01 Jaroslav Modry
2001-02 Aaron Miller
2002-03 Derek Armstrong
2003-04 Trent Klatt
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Craig Conroy
2006-07 Tom Kostopoulos
2007-08 Jeff Giuliano
2008-09 Michal Handzus
2009-10 Michal Handzus
2010-11 Matt Greene
Brent Hughes was the inaugural winner of the award in 1968-69.
Mattias Norstrom won the award three years straight from 1997-2000.
 
Jeff Giuliano won the award in 2007-08, after providing high energy from the fourth line in 53 games.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Community Service award is determined by the Kings Care Foundation and given annually to the Kings player that exemplifies strong community outreach by actively working with local youth organizations and community groups to increase awareness and raise funds to support the Kings community signature initiatives – education, health-related causes and recreation.
1988-89 Jim Fox
1989-90 Dave Taylor
1990-91 Dave Taylor
1991-92 Luc Robitaille
1992-93 Tony Granato
Marty McSorley
Luc Robitaille
Dave Taylor
1993-94 Dave Taylor
1994-95 Tony Granato
1995-96 Rob Blake
Eric Lacroix
1996-97 Dan Bylsma
Byron Dafoe
1997-98 Luc Robitaille
1998-99 Rob Blake
Sean O’Donnell
1999-00 Rob Blake
2000-01 Kelly Buchberger
Stu Grimson
2001-02 Jamie Storr
2002-03 Craig Johnson
Jamie Storr
2003-04 Ian Laperriere
2004-05 DNP – Lockout
2005-06 Jeremy Roenick
2006-07 Derek Armstrong
2007-08 Derek Armstrong
2008-09 Dustin Brown
2009-10 Dustin Brown
2010-11 Dustin Brown
Not only was Jim Fox active in the community as a player from 1980-90, he was Director of Community Relations from 1990-94 and is still involved in the community in his current role as television color analyst.
 
Derek Armstrong won the award in 2007-08.