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Joe Nieuwendyk Nominated for Masterton Trophy

Monday, 04.17.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Joe Nieuwendyk 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 goals.

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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