MONTREAL -The Montreal chapter of the Professionnal Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced today the selection of Montreal Canadiens’ forward Mathieu Darche
as the team’s candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2010-11 season.
The 34-year old Darche is completing his eight NHL season. Throughout the season, he was a true example of perseverance and determination. Signed as a free agent on July 2, 2009, Darche was named the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Player of the Week for the week ending last April 4.
The Montreal native has recorded 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 58 games thus far this season, setting new career personal-highs in regular season in goals and points.
Forward David Desharnais
and defenseman Hal Gill also received votes. The Canadiens’ forward will now be in contention along with the league’s 29 other nominees. The NHL will announce the Bill Masterton Trophy winner at the league’s annual award ceremony to be held in June, in Las Vegas.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The trophy honors the memory of Bill Masterton, a former Minnesota North Stars player who lost his life following an NHL game on January 15, 1968.
Four Canadiens players have been awarded with the Masterton in league history; Saku Koivu (2001-02), Serge Savard (1978-79), Henri Richard (1973-74) and Claude Provost (1967-68), who was the very first recipient of the award. SEE ALSO:Mathieu Darche's reactionCanadiens sign free agent Alain Berger to 3-year contract The Notebook - April 8, 2011 Lesson(s) learned