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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

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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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