2011 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Nominees
Last week, the NHL announced the nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey). They are Anaheim Ducks goalie Ray Emery, Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow and Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere. NHL story is here.
Coming back from being hit in the puck like Langkow and Laperriere did or Emery being diagnosis with avascular necrosis and coming back from successful hip surgery, these men are worthy of being honor for this award. Or you could agree with Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports, who weighs in with another candidate here.
This award is always hard to choose a winner as each is deserving. I would pick Ian Laperriere.
The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.