FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Coyotes forward Conor Garland for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The 24-year-old Garland recorded 22-17-39 in 68 regular season games with the Coyotes in 2019-20. He led the team in goals, game-winning goals (five), home goals (15), home points (26) and shooting percentage (13.9%).
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound native of Scituate, MA also finished the regular season third among Coyotes in points and set NHL single season career highs in games, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shots (158). He collected eight multi-point games this season including a career-high two goals and two assists vs. Tampa Bay on Feb. 22.
Garland, who was selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, has totaled 35-22-57 in 115 career NHL games.
The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill 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 game. The trophy was first awarded following the 1967-68 season.