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Your Masterton Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 26, 2011)—Goaltender Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, forward Daymond Langkow of the Calgary Flames and forward Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

The local chapters of the PHWA submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks

Ray Emery battled back from a career-threatening injury to reach the NHL and played a major part in the Ducks’ successful push for a playoff spot. Emery underwent a complicated bone-graft surgery last April to repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, the result of a disease called avascular necrosis which interrupts blood flow to the area and causes cells to die. After months of rehabilitation he signed with Anaheim as a free agent on Feb. 7 and went 7-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 NHL regular-season appearances.

Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames

On more then one occasion, it appeared Daymond Langkow’s NHL career was over. After suffering a serious neck injury on March 21, 2010 against Minnesota, Langkow was twice forced to stop working out in the hopes of return. He made a third attempt and finally the recurring problems subsided. More than a year after being hit on the spine by a puck and suffering a fractured vertebra, Langkow made the comeback complete on April 1 when he laced up for his 1,014th NHL game and recorded an assist and +2 rating in the Flames’ 3-2 win at St. Louis.

Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers

Ian Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he blocked a shot with his face against New Jersey and suffered a concussion and fractured orbital bone. He returned a little more than a month later to finish the Flyers’ playoff run that ended two games short of a championship. Laperriere attempted to return in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season. Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.

History

The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers’ Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and who died January 15, 1968.

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Primis's avatar

I’m sure someone will complain about the opinion, but IMHO Laperriere is ineligible since he DID NOT PLAY THIS SEASON.  What the heck, NHL?....  How can you win an award in a season in which you did not record a single minute?

Posted by Primis on 04/26/11 at 02:36 PM ET

Pharazon's avatar

wtf… Lappy didn’t play this year.. fking nhl

Posted by Pharazon from England on 04/26/11 at 02:46 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Primis

That opinion is one I competely agree with.  But I am insensitive.

I think that Kurtis Foster and Fernando Pisani not getting their team nominations was a crime.  They are better candidates than any who are nominated.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 04/26/11 at 02:47 PM ET

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I’m not sure why a guy refusing to retire so his team can exploit LTIR is worthy of an award.

Mike Rathje wasn’t getting nominated the past few seasons…

Posted by JBM on 04/26/11 at 03:54 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

How come Forsberg isn’t nominated?  LOL

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/26/11 at 04:46 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The difference here is that Primis never made any dead baby jokes to explain his opinion, that’s why his carries merit.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/26/11 at 04:56 PM ET

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JJ

If the horse in your picture was dead how long would you keep kicking it?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 04/26/11 at 05:57 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

The difference here is that Primis never made any dead baby jokes to explain his opinion, that’s why his carries merit.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/26/11 at 02:56 PM ET

Awesome.

JJ

If the horse in your picture was dead how long would you keep kicking it?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 04/26/11 at 03:57 PM ET

Surprisingly witty.  Especially since it lacked any mention of…well, you know.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 04/26/11 at 06:12 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

If the horse in your picture was dead how long would you keep kicking it?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 04/26/11 at 03:57 PM ET

Until the monster who killed it got the message.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/26/11 at 06:30 PM ET

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WOW!  Three former Flyers!

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 04/26/11 at 07:43 PM ET

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Not that an award Daneyko once won for going an entire NHL season without a DUI really matters, but if they’re going to nominate guys who didn’t play this year but haven’t officially retired, shouldn’t Theo Fleury run away with this every year?

Posted by steviesteve on 04/26/11 at 09:20 PM ET

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