The University of Vermont has produced 14 National Hockey League (NHL) players in its history. Alumni currently in the NHL include Viktor Stålberg '09 (Nashville Predators), Torrey Mitchell '07 (Minnesota Wild), Patrick Sharp '02 (Chicago Blackhawks), Éric Perrin '97 (Atlanta Thrashers), Martin St. Louis '97 (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Tim Thomas '97 (Boston Bruins). Thomas, St. Louis, Perrin, Sharp, Stålberg, and former NHL All-Star John LeClair '91 have won the Stanley Cup in their careers.
In 2004, St. Louis was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer, the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association, and the Bud Light Plus/Minus award. Thomas has won the Vezina Trophy twice as the NHL's top goaltender in 2009 and 2011, and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2011. He also holds the NHL record for best single season save percentage. UVM is the only NCAA program in history to count alumni who have won both the Hart Trophy and the Vezina Trophy, as well as the only NCAA program to generate an Art Ross winner.
A two-time Olympian, LeClair was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 after a standout 16-year NHL career where he scored 406 goals. He was a two-time NHL First Team All-Star and twice won the Bud Light Plus/Minus Award. Other Catamounts who were U.S. Olympians were Thomas and former NHL defenseman Aaron Miller. St. Louis skated for Canada in the 2006 Olympics.