Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Established1967–68 NHL season
Current holder(s)Dominic Moore
Awarded to theNational Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded every year to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner is selected by a vote of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team selects one player on their team to be voted on. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can receive this trophy only once in his career.

History[change | change source]

The trophy is named in honour of Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game.[1] During his playing career, Masterton showed "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey".[1] It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. As of the end of the 2008–09 NHL season, players for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins have won the trophy 4 times each, while the Los Angeles Kings have won 3 times.

Winners[change | change source]

Mario Lemieux, the winner for the 1992–93 season.
Teemu Selänne, the winner for the 2005–06 season

     Player is still active

Season Winner Team Reasons for winning
1967–68 Claude Provost Montreal Canadiens "Embodied the definition of perseverance and dedication to hockey" throughout his 15-year career.[2]
1968–69 Ted Hampson Oakland Seals Scored many points while on a new team.[3]
1969–70 Pit Martin Chicago Black Hawks After saying his team needed to improve after the 1968–69 NHL season, Martin and his team came back with a first-place finish, and Martin had 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.[4]
1970–71 Jean Ratelle New York Rangers After playing for 20 years, he won the trophy for a "lifelong dedication to strong, clean hockey".[5]
1971–72 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers Played in the NHL even while he had diabetes.[6]
1972–73 Lowell MacDonald Pittsburgh Penguins Scored 34 goals and 41 assists for 75 points during the 1972–73 NHL season after having severe ligament and cartilage damage to his knee.[7]
1973–74 Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens Won the Stanley Cup eleven times.[8]
1974–75 Don Luce Buffalo Sabres Awarded for perseverance and dedication, after a 38-point increase in scoring from the previous season.[9]
1975–76 Rod Gilbert New York Rangers Overcame a serious back injury early during his career.[10]
1976–77 Ed Westfall New York Islanders Awarded for being a good leader.[11]
1977–78 Butch Goring Los Angeles Kings Made the NHL even though he was smaller than most players, and had consistently good seasons.[12]
1978–79 Serge Savard Montreal Canadiens Awarded for "dedication to hockey", after he won his eighth Stanley Cup in eleven seasons.[13]
1979–80 Al MacAdam Minnesota North Stars Rewarded for his perseverance after scoring a career high 42 goals and 51 assists for 93 points.[14]
1980–81 Blake Dunlop St. Louis Blues Although he was a good player in junior hockey, he only started doing good in the NHL during the 1980–81 NHL season, after being selected during the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft seven years before, by scoring 20 goals and 67 assists for 87 points. It was awarded for perseverance.[15]
1981–82 Glenn Resch Colorado Rockies Awarded for perseverance, as he gave his young team more confidence while he served as goaltender.[16]
1982–83 Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames Presented for his dedication; he was traded around the league numerous times, and when he was traded to the Flames, he scored 66 goals and 32 assists for 98 points.[17]
1983–84 Brad Park Detroit Red Wings Awarded for his dedication to hockey.[18]
1984–85 Anders Hedberg New York Rangers He was recognized for a dedicated career and for a good season as well.[19]
1985–86 Charlie Simmer Boston Bruins Overcame serious ligament damage to his knee to score 60 points.[20]
1986–87 Doug Jarvis Hartford Whalers Awarded after he beat Garry Unger's record for most games played in a row, with 914 games.[21]
1987–88 Bob Bourne Los Angeles Kings Awarded for showing the qualities of dedication and perseverance.[22]
1988–89 Tim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers He returned to score 48 goals and 40 assists for 88 points in 69 games after overcoming severe knee and shoulder injuries, as well as aseptic meningitis the season before.[23]
1989–90 Gord Kluzak Boston Bruins Tried to overcome severe knee injuries, but after playing two games after his tenth knee operation, he retired.[24]
1990–91 Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings Played all his seventeen seasons with the Kings, and was honored for his dedication.[25]
1991–92 Mark Fitzpatrick New York Islanders Overcame eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, a potentially life-threatening disease, and returned to the NHL.[26]
1992–93 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins Scored 69 goals and 91 assists for 160 points, despite missing 24 games because of Hodgkin's lymphoma.[27]
1993–94 Cam Neely Boston Bruins Awarded "to recognize his valiant efforts to return to NHL action after suffering career-threatening injuries"; however he retired after 1995–96 NHL season because of those injuries.[28]
1994–95 Pat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres Overcame a series of serious head injuries.[29]
1995–96 Gary Roberts Calgary Flames Successfully recovered from possibly career-ending surgery to correct bone spurs and nerve damage.[30]
1996–97 Tony Granato San Jose Sharks Overcame possibly career-ending brain injury sustained during 1995–96 NHL season to score 25 goals during the 1996–97 NHL season.[31]
1997–98 Jamie McLennan St. Louis Blues Overcame bacterial meningitis.[32]
1998–99 John Cullen Tampa Bay Lightning Overcame non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[33]
1999–2000 Ken Daneyko New Jersey Devils Overcame alcoholism.[34]
2000–01 Adam Graves New York Rangers Awarded for all-around dedication to hockey.[35]
2001–02 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Overcame non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[36]
2002–03 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings Eventually overcame several health problems, but played only a few games in the 2002–03 NHL season.[37]
2003–04 Bryan Berard Chicago Blackhawks Overcame an eye injury that rendered one eye legally blind.[38]
2004–05 zzz2004–05 NHL lockout;
no winner
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2005–06 Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Overcame major knee surgery to score 90 points (40 goals and 50 assists).[39]
2006–07 Phil Kessel Boston Bruins Missed 12 games because of testicular cancer mid season.[40]
2007–08 Jason Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia but still played a full 82-game season.[41]
2008–09 Steve Sullivan Nashville Predators Played 41 games this season after missing almost two years due to a fragmented disc in his back, and a strained groin.[42]
2009–10 Jose Theodore Washington Capitals Had his best season since 2001–02 following his son Chase's death in 2009 from complications stemming from his premature birth.
2010–11 Ian Laperriere Philadelphia Flyers Was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after being hit in the face with a puck while blocking a shot during the 2009-10 playoffs; did not play during the 2010-11 season, but "continued to serve the team in several capacities."
2011–12 Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens Was knocked out of the 2010-11 season following a hit that left him with a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. Returned in 2011-12 to have his most productive season.
2012–13 Josh Harding Minnesota Wild Earned a shutout in his first start after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the off-season. Then missed 33 games before returning late in the season and starting five playoff games.
2013–14 Dominic Moore New York Rangers Returned to the NHL in the 2013–14 season after taking an 18-month leave of absence from the league in the spring of 2012 to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She died in January 2013.
2014–15 Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild Led the last-place Wild to the playoffs following a mid-season trade; going 27-9-2 with a 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and five shutouts. The Wild were Dubnyk's fifth team over the previous two seasons.

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References[change | change source]

  • Dinger, Ralph. National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book (2004 ed.). Toronto: Dan Diamond. ISBN 0-920445-84-5.
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  2. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Claude Provost". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  3. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Ted Hampson". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  4. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Pit Martin". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  5. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Jean Ratelle". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  6. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Bobby Clarke". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  7. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Lowell MacDonald". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  8. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Henri Richard". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  9. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Don Luce". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  10. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Rod Gilbert". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  11. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Ed Westfall". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  12. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Butch Goring". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  13. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Serge Savard". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  14. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Al MacAdam". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  15. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Blake Dunlop". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  16. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Glenn Resch". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  17. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Lanny McDonald". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  18. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Brad Park". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  19. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Anders Hedberg". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  20. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Charlie Simmer". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  21. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Doug Jarvis". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  22. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Bob Bourne". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  23. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Tim Kerr". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  24. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Gord Kluzak". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  25. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Dave Taylor". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  26. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Mark Fitzpatrick". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  27. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Mario Lemieux". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  28. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Cam Neely". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  29. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Pat LaFontaine". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  30. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Gary Roberts". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  31. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Tony Granato". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  32. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Jamie McLellan". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  33. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: John Cullen". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  34. "New Jersey Devils retire number of long-time defenceman Ken Daneyko". NHL. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  35. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Adam Graves". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  36. Chris Stevenson (2002-04-09). "Light shines bright on Koivu, and his prospects for life". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  37. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Steve Yzerman". Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  38. "The visor debate: Berard says they should not be mandatory". NHL. 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  39. "Teemu Selanne: Back in a flash". CBC. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  40. "Kessel resting after cancer surgery". CBC. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  41. "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner: Jason Blake". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  42. The Canadian Press (2009-04-30). "Chelios, Sullivan, Zednik nominated for Masterton Trophy". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-04-30.

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