The NHL Awards Show is on Versus tonight and Phil Kessel is a nominee for an award -- the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
NHL.com explains its significance:The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a hockey game.
TheHockeyNews.com recently published a list of the 28 nominees for the prestigious award, and added a small explanation of each players candidacy. Phil's is below:Boston - Phil Kessel
In addition to the pressures of breaking into the NHL as a 19-year-old first-round draft pick, Kessel was diagnosed in early December with testicular cancer.
Kessel was actually able to maintain his focus well enough to play a Dec. 9 game against New Jersey, knowing he'd be admitted to the hospital for what proved to be successful surgery on Dec. 12, and then missed only 12 games before returning to Boston's lineup.
He ranked among the NHL's rookie leaders with 11 goals and 29 points in 70 games this season, and was No. 1 among first-year players with four decisive shootout goals
There's no doubt that Phil would fit the bill. Good luck tonight Mr. Kessel!
Also from NHL.com the following is a list of past Masterton Trophy recipients. I've boldfaced the Bruins players on the list. Former Bruins defenseman Bryan Berard (below right) won in 2004 while with Chicago:Year Player Team2006 Teemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks2004 Bryan Berard Chicago Blackhawks2003 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings2002 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiensh2001 Adam Graves New York Rangers2000 Ken Daneyko New Jersey Devils1999 John Cullen Tampa Bay Lightning1998 Jamie McLennan St. Louis Blues1997 Tony Granato San Jose Sharks1996 Gary Roberts Calgary Flames1995 Pat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres1994 Cam Neely Boston Bruins1993 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins1992 Mark Fitzpatrick New York Islanders1991 Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings1990 Gord Kluzak Boston Bruins1989 Tim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers1988 Bob Bourne Los Angeles Kings1987 Doug Jarvis Hartford Whalers1986 Charlie Simmer Boston Bruins1985 Anders Hedberg New York Rangers
1984 Brad Park Detroit Red Wings1983 Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames1982 Glenn Resch Colorado Rockies1981 Blake Dunlop St. Louis Blues1980 Al MacAdam Minnesota North Stars1979 Serge Savard Montreal Canadiens1978 Butch Goring Los Angeles Kings1977 Ed Westfall New York Islanders1976 Rod Gilbert New York Rangers1975 Don Luce Buffalo Sabres1974 Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 1973 Lowell MacDonald Pittsburgh Penguins1972 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers1971 Jean Ratelle New York Rangers1970 Pit Martin Chicago Blackhawks1969 Ted Hampson Oakland Seals1968 Claude Provost Montreal Canadiens Albe Is Already Working Toward 2007-08
|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker. |
Recently re-signed defenseman Andrew "Albe" Alberts is already working out with an eye towards September.
"Three weeks ago I got back from Russia," said Albe from his home state of Minnesota. "I took a week and a half, two weeks off, and then I started working out with Dr. Blatherwick, the coach I have been working out with for the past ten years.
"He used to work with Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Olympic Teams and he was at Benilde (St. Margaret's), a high school I went to for a few years."
With the motivation provided by his high school coach, and under the remote tutelage of Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides, Alberts, the Bruins fifth pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has been working hard to get ready for training camp.
"I've concentrated on getting stronger," said Alberts. "I want to get faster and put on some muscle so I can come back in good shape."
He will have one more short respite -- in Europe!
"I have a big vacation in Rome planned," said Alberts. "I'm going to a buddy's wedding (in Italy). So I will be there for a week…but beyond that it's working out in the morning, playing golf and going on the boat in the afternoon."
More to come...