Florida Panthers Facebook Florida Panthers Twitter Florida Panthers Google+ Florida Panthers Pintrest Florida Panthers Instagram Florida Panthers
News

Florida Panthers D Ed Jovanovski Nominated For Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Friday, 04.4.2014 / 7:45 PM ET / News
Florida Panthers
X
Share with your Friends


Florida Panthers D Ed Jovanovski Nominated For Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers\' Association announced today that Florida Panthers D Ed Jovanovski has been selected as the club\u2019s 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Defenseman Ed Jovanovski

SUNRISE, Fla. – The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that Florida Panthers D Ed Jovanovski has been selected as the club’s 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

After playing in only six games during the 2012-2013 season, Jovanovski underwent hip resurfacing surgery to eliminate pain in his hip, which at one point prevented him from lacing up his skates. After eight months of intense therapy and rehabilitation, the Panthers’ team captain returned to the ice on January 4, 2014. He is believed to be the only athlete in the four North American professional sports leagues to return to play after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

“My passion is for this great game and I always hoped to return,” said Jovanovski. “I cannot thank my doctors and our training staff enough for the countless hours that they spent working with me during my recovery. It is an honor to play in the National Hockey League and it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to return healthy and play the game I love.”

On January 21, Jovanovski played in his 1,100th career NHL game in Buffalo. On the same night, he became one of seven Panthers defensemen to record over 100 career points, after scoring a goal in the second period. He recorded his 500th career NHL point on Feb. 27 vs. Washington. The Windsor, ON native ranks third among franchise defensemen with 600 PIM, fifth with 357 games played and seventh with 102 points.

For his career in the NHL, the 17-year veteran has played in 1,123 games for Florida (1995-1999 & 2011-current), Vancouver (1999-2006) and Phoenix (2006-2011) scoring 137goals with 363 assists and 1,472 PIM. He is also a five-time NHL All-Star (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 & 2008).

Jovanovski was drafted by Florida with the first overall pick in the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Panthers re-signed Jovanovski to a four-year contract on July 1, 2011.

The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner.

The PHWA first presented the Masterton Trophy 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. Masterton died January 15, 1968 following an injury suffered in a game.

Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and internationally recognized concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Florida Panthers Social Media is powered by Ford - follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.