Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy

The Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy is a trophy awarded to the Canadian Football League West Division's most outstanding player, chosen from the nominees from each team in the division. Either this trophy winner or the winner of the Terry Evanshen Trophy also receives the Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player Award.

Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
SportCanadian football
LeagueCanadian Football League
Given forWest Division's most outstanding player
CountryCanada
History
First award1946 (1946)
Editions74
Most wins7: Jackie Parker
Most recentCody Fajardo
Website 

The Nicklin Memorial Trophy was donated to the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1946 by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, in memory of their commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Jeff Nicklin, who was killed in action on March 24, 1945. Jeff Nicklin was known as an outstanding defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before he entered military service.

When first donated, the trophy was awarded annually to the player in the Western Division considered to be the most valuable to his team.[1] Since 1973, the trophy is awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the West Division. As part of the failed American expansion in 1995, the trophy was awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the North Division.

Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy winners (1946–1972)

Year Player Position Team
Jeff Nickln Memorial Trophy winners (1946—1972)
1946Bill WusykWide receiverCalgary Stampeders
1947Bob SandbergRunning backWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1948Keith SpaithQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1949Keith SpaithQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1950Lindy BerryQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1951Glenn DobbsQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1952Jack JacobsQuarterbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1953John Henry JohnsonRunning backCalgary Stampeders
1954Jackie ParkerRunning backEdmonton Eskimos
1955Ken CarpenterRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1956Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1957Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1958Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1959Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1960Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1961Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1962Eagle DayQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1963Joe KappQuarterbackBC Lions
1964Tom BrownLinebackerBC Lions
1965George ReedRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1966Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1967Peter LiskeQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1968Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1969Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1970Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1971Don JonasQuarterbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1972Mack HerronRunning backWinnipeg Blue Bombers

Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy winners (1973–present)

Bold indicates a player who went on to win the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award

Year Player Position Team
Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy winners (1973—present)
1973George McGowanWide receiverEdmonton Eskimos
1974Tom WilkinsonQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1975Willie BurdenRunning backCalgary Stampeders
1976Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1977Jerry TaggeQuarterbackBC Lions
1978Tom WilkinsonQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1979Waddell SmithWide receiverEdmonton Eskimos
1980Dieter BrockQuarterbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1981Dieter BrockQuarterbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1982Tom ScottSlotbackEdmonton Eskimos
1983Warren MoonQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1984Willard ReavesRunning backWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1985Mervyn FernandezWide receiverBC Lions
1986James MurphyWide receiverWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1987Brian KellyWide receiverEdmonton Eskimos
1988David WilliamsWide receiverBC Lions
1989Tracy HamQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1990Craig EllisSlotbackEdmonton Eskimos
1991Doug FlutieQuarterbackBC Lions
1992Doug FlutieQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1993Doug FlutieQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1994Doug FlutieQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1995Dave SapunjisSlotbackCalgary Stampeders
1996Robert MimbsRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1997Jeff GarciaQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1998Kelvin AndersonRunning backCalgary Stampeders
1999Allen PittsSlotbackCalgary Stampeders
2000Dave DickensonQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2001Kelvin AndersonRunning backCalgary Stampeders
2002Milt StegallSlotbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
2003Dave DickensonQuarterbackBC Lions
2004Casey PrintersQuarterbackBC Lions
2005Corey HolmesRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
2006Geroy SimonSlotbackBC Lions
2007Kerry JosephQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
2008Henry BurrisQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2009Joffrey ReynoldsRunning backCalgary Stampeders
2010Henry BurrisQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2011Travis LulayQuarterbackBC Lions
2012Jon CornishRunning backCalgary Stampeders
2013Jon CornishRunning backCalgary Stampeders
2014Solomon ElimimianLinebackerBC Lions
2015Bo Levi MitchellQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2016Bo Levi MitchellQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2017Mike ReillyQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
2018Bo Levi MitchellQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
2019Cody FajardoQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders

Most Outstanding Player in the Western Interprovincial Football Union or Western Football Conference (1953–1972)

Note: Prior to 1973 the Canadian Football League West Division's Most Outstanding Player was not the winner of the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy, which was a separate award.

Year Player Position Team
Most Outstanding Player in the Western Interprovincial Football Union or Western Football Conference (1946—1972)
1953John Henry JohnsonRunning backCalgary Stampeders
1954Rollie MilesHalfback/Linebacker/Defensive backEdmonton Eskimos
1955Jackie ParkerHalfback/Quarterback/Defensive backEdmonton Eskimos
Ken CarpenterRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1956Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1957Jackie ParkerRunning backEdmonton Eskimos
1958Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1959Johnny BrightRunning backEdmonton Eskimos
1960Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1961Jackie ParkerQuarterbackEdmonton Eskimos
1962Tommy Joe CoffeyWide receiverEdmonton Eskimos
1963Joe KappQuarterbackBC Lions
1964Lovell ColemanRunning backCalgary Stampeders
1965George ReedRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1966Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1967Peter LiskeQuarterbackCalgary Stampeders
1968George ReedRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1969George ReedRunning backSaskatchewan Roughriders
1970Ron LancasterQuarterbackSaskatchewan Roughriders
1971Don JonasQuarterbackWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1972Mack HerronRunning backWinnipeg Blue Bombers

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