The Dick Suderman Trophy (French: Trophée Dick Suderman) for the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian (Le Canadien le plus précieux de la Coupe Grey) is awarded annually to the Canadian player deemed to have the best performance in the Grey Cup game, the championship of the Canadian Football League. This award is presented before the Grey Cup trophy is presented.
The winner does not necessarily have to play for the Grey Cup winning team in order to qualify.
The award was introduced at the 1971 Grey Cup, and the first winner was Dick Suderman, a Canadian defensive end. A year later, just six weeks before the playing of the 1972 Grey Cup, Suderman collapsed and died from a brain hemorrhage after playing a regular season game; the trophy was subsequently renamed in his honour.
Garry Lefebvre is the only player to be awarded the trophy for his performance at three distinct positions, in three distinct aspects, during a single (1973) Grey Cup game: defensive back, part of the defense unit of the team; punter, part of the special teams unit of the team; and wide receiver, part of the offense unit of the team. Four other players (one a double winner) have been awarded the trophy for their performance in playing the two distinct, yet related, positions of punter and placekicker.
Dick Suderman Trophy winners
Teams represented by Dick Suderman Trophy winners through the years.
|Club||# of Winners||Most recent|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||5||2021|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||1||1976[c]|
|Total for 10 Clubs||50|
- Edmonton Eskimos changed their name to Edmonton Elks as of the 2021 CFL season
- Montreal Alouettes changed their name to Montreal Concordes during a four season (1982–1985) naming dispute; the club did not reach the Grey Cup during those years, and records its own history as all Alouettes
- Ottawa Rough Riders ceased operation after completing the 1996 CFL season
- Ottawa Redblacks started operation as of the 2014 CFL season