Jose Theodore Honored with Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, VA. – Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, an award presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) nominated a player from each team and voted on the winner. Theodore is the first Capital to receive the award.
Theodore and his wife Stephanie Cloutier dealt with personal tragedy last August when their two-month old son, Chace, passed away from respiratory complications related to a premature birth. In November, Theodore started Saves for Kids, a fundraising program that benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's National Medical Center in Northwest, D.C., where Chace was treated and where Theodore and Cloutier spent most of their time during their son’s 54-day life. Theodore pledged money for each save, win and shutout he made during the season, and his donations were also matched by F.H. Furr Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Inc., a Lennox Premier Dealer. The Capitals fan base and Washington Capitals Charities also pledged their support, and Theodore presented a check worth $35,000 to Children’s National Medical Center on Friday, May 7.
On the ice Theodore played 47 games and had his best season since winning the Hart and Vezina trophies in 2001-02. He posted a 30-7-7 record, 2.81 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in helping lead Washington to the club’s first Presidents’ Trophy. His winning percentage (.761) was the highest of any goaltender in franchise history. He finished the season 20-0-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in games after Jan. 13, setting a team record for most decisions (23) without a regulation loss.
A 14-year professional, Theodore ranks seventh among active goalies in games played (548) and in wins (245). He is one of seven goaltenders with 30-plus wins in each of the last two seasons.