Who is the youngest player ever to lead the NHL in goals?

Sidney Crosby became the youngest Art Ross trophy winner in history when he finished this season with the most points in the NHL. But 19-year-old Sid the Kid was well behind Vincent Lecavalier in the race for the Maurice Richard trophy, given to the top goal scorer each year. Who was the youngest to ever win this title?

Just two years ago Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets tied Jerome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk with 41 goals. The 19-year-old Nash became the youngest to hold a share of the goal-scoring title.

The youngest player to play in a game was Bep Guidolin, who debuted for the Bruins in 1942 at the tender age of 16. The youngest Conn Smythe winner as MVP in the Stanley Cup playoffs was Patrick Roy at age 21.

The oldest player to lead the league in points was not Gordie Howe, who did it at age 35, in 1962-3. It was Bill Cook of the Rangers. He was a year older when he won the title (It wasn’t yet called the Art Ross trophy) in 1932-3.

For the record (We can’t have an NHL record item without mentioning the Great One), Wayne Gretzky was slightly younger than Crosby in 1979-80 when he tied Marcel Dionne with 137 points, but Dionne won the trophy because he had more goals.


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