Nominated for Masterton Trophy|
SUNRISE, FL – The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey
Writers’ Association has selected C Joe Nieuwendyk as the Florida
Panthers nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is
presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of
perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Despite missing 15 games with a back injury earlier this season,
Nieuwendyk places second of the Panthers with 55 points (26-29-55) in 64
games played. The 19-year NHL veteran also places first on the team and
ranks second in the National Hockey League with a 59.4 face-off
percentage. In addition, he places second on the club with seven power
play tallies and is tied for third on the team with three game-winning
The Oshawa, Ontario native recorded his 1,100th career point on Mar. 20
with an assist in the Cats 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With his game-winning goal against the Ottawa Senators on Apr. 13, he
recorded his 559th goal of his career moving him past Johnny Bucyk into
20th all-time and one shy of tying Guy Lafleur for 19th among NHL’s
all-time goal scoring leaders. He also recorded his first Panthers hat
trick in his return to Toronto on Apr. 11.
Former Masterton winners on the Panthers include G Jamie McLennan and LW
Gary Roberts. McLennan won the trophy in 1998 while playing for the St.
Louis Blues after returning from a bout with bacterial meningitis.
Roberts took home the honor in 1996 with the Calgary Flames after
returning from a neck injury.
The winner of
the Masterton Trophy is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the
PHWA at the end of the regular season. The 2003-04 recipient was
defenseman Bryan Berard of the Chicago Blackhawks. NHL writers first
presented the trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, who
played for the Minnesota North Stars and exhibited to a high degree the
qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Masterton died on January 15, 1968, as the result of head injuries
suffered during a game.
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