The NHL Rookie of the Year for the 1979-1980 season was defenseman Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins.
the calder trophy is given to the rookie of the year in the nhl
1997-1998: Sergei Samsonov of the Boston Bruins 1998-1999: Chris Drury of the Colorado Avalanche
Bobby Orr was the 1967 Caldor Memorial Trophy winner (The NHL's equivalent to rookie of the year).
The 1998 Nascar Winston Cup Rookie of the Year was the late Kenny Irwin Jr.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks
No rookie since the NHL's inception has ever won the Hart Memorial Trophy (The league MVP trophy which was first presented in 1924) in his rookie year.
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award was created in 1998.