Vote: Hart Trophy

Read through the five candidates below for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's MVP, and cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page.

Ed Belfour
Despite a slow start, Belfour has flourished of late in the hockey-crazed Toronto atmosphere. He has the Maple Leafs in a fight for home-ice advantage in the playoffs. He is also among the league leaders in goals against average and save percentage.

Martin Brodeur
The Devils haven't exactly been lighting it up this season, but when you have a goalie that rejects just about everything in sight, that's OK. Brodeur has almost single-handedly kept New Jersey in the hunt -- 14 of his 22 wins have been by one goal.

Mario Lemieux
It would probably be more newsworthy if Lemieux wasn't playing like an MVP. As usual, Super Mario is racking up the assists, leading the league in scoring and keeping his team in contention.

Al MacInnis
The Blues haven't exactly been a model of consistency this season, but one thing Blues fans can count on is solid play from MacInnis. He is the prototypical scoring defenseman and leads the league in that category.

Markus Naslund
He's not much into self-promotion, so you might have missed what Naslund has been up to. He's just leading the league in goals scored and has Vancouver playing even with the best in the West.

Joe Thornton
The first overall pick in 1997, Thornton was named captain this season and immediately led the Bruins to the top of the Eastern Conference. Though the Bruins have struggled of late, Thornton's play has remained consistent.