Les Cunningham Award

The Les Cunningham Award is given annually to American Hockey League's "Most Valuable Player" of the regular season, as voted on by AHL media and players.

The award was first presented in the 1947–48 season, is named after the late Les Cunningham, a five-time AHL All-Star and three-time Calder Cup champion who averaged better than a point per game over his 10-year playing career with the original Cleveland Barons. Upon his retirement, he was the AHL's career leader in points.


Positions key
CCentre LWLeft Wing DDefence RWRight Wing GGoaltender
  Player is still active in the AHL
Season Winner Team Position Win #
2018–19Daniel CarrChicago WolvesLW1
2017–18Phil VaroneLehigh Valley PhantomsC1
2016–17Kenny AgostinoChicago WolvesLW1
2015–16Chris BourqueHershey BearsLW1
2014–15Brian O'NeillManchester MonarchsRW1
2013–14Travis MorinTexas StarsC1
2012–13Tyler JohnsonSyracuse CrunchC1
2011–12Cory ConacherNorfolk AdmiralsLW1
2010–11Corey LockeBinghamton SenatorsC1
2009–10Keith AucoinHershey BearsC1
2008–09Alexandre GirouxHershey BearsLW1
2007–08Jason KrogChicago Wolves]]C1
2006–07Darren HaydarChicago WolvesRW1
2005–06Donald MacLeanGrand Rapids GriffinsC1
2004–05Jason SpezzaBinghamton SenatorsC1
2003–04Jason LaBarberaHartford Wolf PackG1
2002–03Jason WardHamilton BulldogsRW1
2001–02Eric BogunieckiWorcester IceCatsC1
2000–01Derek ArmstrongHartford Wolf PackLW1
1999–00Martin BrochuPortland PiratesG1
1998–99Randy RobitailleProvidence BruinsC1
1997–98Steve GuollaKentucky ThoroughbladesC1
1996–97Jean-Francois LabbeHershey BearsG1
1995–96Brad SmythCarolina MonarchsRW1
1994–95Steve LarouchePrince Edward Island SenatorsC1
1993–94Rich ChernomazSt. John's Maple LeafsRW1
1992–93Don BiggsBinghamton RangersC1
1991–92John AndersonNew Haven NighthawksLW1
1990–91Kevin ToddUtica DevilsC1
1989–90Paul YsebaertUtica DevilsLW1
1988–89Stephan LebeauSherbrooke CanadiensC1
1987–88Jody GageRochester AmericansRW1
1986–87Tim TookeyHershey BearsC1
1985–86Paul GardnerRochester AmericansC2
1984–85Paul GardnerBinghamton WhalersC1
1983–84Garry LariviereSt. Catharines SaintsD1
Mal DavisRochester AmericansRW1
1982–83Ross YatesBinghamton WhalersRW1
1981–82Mike KaszyckiNew Brunswick HawksF1
1980–81Pelle LindberghMaine MarinersG1
1979–80Norm DubeNova Scotia VoyageursLW1
1978–79Rocky SaganiukNew Brunswick HawksRW1
1977–78Blake DunlopMaine MarinersF1
1976–77Doug GibsonRochester AmericansC2
1975–76Ron AndruffNova Scotia VoyageursC1
1974–75Doug GibsonRochester AmericansC1
1973–74Art StrattonRochester AmericansC1
1972–73Bill InglisCincinnati SwordsC1
1971–72Garry PetersBoston BravesC1
1970–71Fred SpeckBaltimore ClippersC1
1969–70Gilles VillemureBuffalo BisonsG2
1968–69Gilles VillemureBuffalo BisonsG1
1967–68Dave CreightonProvidence RedsC1
1966–67Mike NykolukHershey BearsC1
1965–66Dick GambleRochester AmericansLW1
1964–65Art StrattonBuffalo BisonsC1
1963–64Fred GloverCleveland BaronsC3
1962–63Denis DeJordyBuffalo BisonsG1
1961–62Fred GloverCleveland BaronsC2
1960–61Phil MaloneyBuffalo BisonsC1
1959–60Fred GloverCleveland BaronsC1
1958–59Rudy MigayRochester AmericansC1
Bill HickeRW1
1957–58Johnny BowerCleveland BaronsG3
1956–57Johnny BowerProvidence RedsG2
1955–56Johnny BowerProvidence RedsG1
1954–55Ross LoweSpringfield IndiansD1
1953–54George SullivanHershey BearsC1
1952–53Eddie OlsonCleveland BaronsLW1
1951–52Ray PowellProvidence RedsC1
1950–51Ab DeMarcoBuffalo BisonsC1
1949–50Les DouglasCleveland BaronsC1
1948–49Carl LiscombeProvidence RedsLW2
1947–48Carl LiscombeProvidence RedsLW1
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