MONTREAL - The Montreal chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced today the selection of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon as the team’s candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2015-16 season. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov was the team nominee for the 2014-15 season.
The 25-year old Condon is completing his first NHL season. Throughout the season, he has been a true example of sportsmanship, perseverance and determination. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Canadiens on May 8, 2013, Condon perfected his skills in the ECHL and the AHL for three seasons before making the jump to the NHL this season.
The Holliston, Massachussetts native displays an 18-23-6 record, with a 2.72 goals against average and a .902 save percentage in 50 games, including 46 starts this season. Condon leads all NHL rookie goaltenders in wins (18), saves (1,181) and minutes (2,826).
The Canadiens’ goaltender will now be in contention with the league’s 29 other nominees for this coveted award.
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 commemorates the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who lost his life following an NHL game on January 15, 1968.
Five Canadiens players have been awarded with the Masterton in league history; Max Pacioretty (2011-12), Saku Koivu (2001-02), Serge Savard (1978-79), Henri Richard (1973-74) and Claude Provost (1967-68), who became the first recipient of the award.