Terry Evanshen Trophy

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Terry Evanshen Trophy
Awarded for Canadian Football League East Division's most outstanding player
CountryCanada
First awarded1994 (1994)
Currently held by Brandon Banks (HAM)
Most awards7: Anthony Calvillo

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

The Evanshen Trophy was named for Terry Evanshen, who was a star wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes, the Calgary Stampeders, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts. After his retirement from football, Terry Evanshen was involved in a car crash in 1988 that nearly killed and caused him to have severe brain damage, which caused him to have memory loss. Evanshen was able to successfully overcome his battle with memory loss and lives a full life.

In 1994, the CFL adopted the Terry Evanshen Trophy to be awarded annually to the Most Outstanding Player of the East Division. The Terry Evanshen Trophy ended up replacing the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy which was officially retired in 1994 at the request of the Russel family (it was re-established in 2003 to recognize the players in the Quebec conference of U Sports football, with the winner being nominated for the national Hec Crighton Trophy). As part of the failed American expansion in 1995, the trophy was awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the South Division.

Terry Evanshen Trophy winners

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

YearPlayerPositionTeam
Terry Evanshen Trophy winners (1994—present)
1994 Mike Pringle Running back Baltimore CFLers
1995 Mike Pringle Running back Baltimore Stallions
1996 Doug Flutie Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
1997 Doug Flutie Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
1998 Mike Pringle Running back Montreal Alouettes
1999 Danny McManus Quarterback Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2000 Mike Pringle Running back Montreal Alouettes
2001 Khari Jones Quarterback Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2002 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2003 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2004 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2005 Damon Allen Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
2006 Charles Roberts Running back Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2007 Kevin Glenn Quarterback Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2008 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2009 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2010 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2011 Anthony Calvillo Quarterback Montreal Alouettes
2012 Chad Owens Wide receiver/Kick returner Toronto Argonauts
2013 Ricky Ray Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
2014 Ricky Ray Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
2015 Henry Burris Quarterback Ottawa Redblacks
2016 Ernest Jackson Wide receiver Ottawa Redblacks
2017 Ricky Ray Quarterback Toronto Argonauts
2018 Jeremiah Masoli Quarterback Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2019 Brandon Banks Wide receiver Hamilton Tiger-Cats

See Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy to view other recipients of the Most Outstanding Player of the East Division.

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