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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- The Phoenix chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) has named Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph as the Phoenix nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey".

The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover. The winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington MN, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, and who died on January 15, 1968.

In his first season with the Coyotes, Joseph has exhibited the attributes distinguished by the award.  At the age of 38, Joseph has posted the seventh 30-win season of his remarkable career.  The Keswick, Ontario native rebounded from ankle injuries and multiple surgeries that plagued him during the 2003-04 season and limited him to just 31 games played. 

With a record of 30-21-3 this season, Joseph currently ranks tied for 10th in the NHL in wins.  He was a runner-up for NHL Defensive Player of the Month for November after compiling a 7-3-0 record, 1.78 goals against average, .947 save percentage and one shutout during the month.  His 30 wins this season are the most by a Coyotes' goaltender since Sean Burke won 33 games in 2001-02.

Joseph has been honored as the Coyotes' Player of the Month in four of the first six months of the season and has compiled several milestone victories during the campaign.  With a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Oct. 27, the netminder became just the ninth goaltender in NHL history to reach the 400-win plateau.  By consistently backstopping the Coyotes' young lineup, Joseph passed Hall-of-Famers Grant Fuhr, Glenn Hall, and Tony Esposito this season en route to becoming the NHL's sixth all-time winningest goaltender. 

Joseph began his career as an undrafted free agent, signing with the St. Louis Blues at the age of 22 on June 16, 1989.  He went on to play six seasons with the Blues, three with the Edmonton Oilers, four with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and two with the Detroit Red Wings before signing with the Coyotes on Aug. 17, 2005.  He has been selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game three times (1994, 1999, and 2000) during his 16-year career and has won at least 27 games in 11 seasons.  Joseph ranks among the top five goaltenders in wins with three different organizations: St. Louis, Edmonton, and Toronto.  In 1998-99, he set Toronto's single-season franchise record with 35 wins before breaking his own record the following season with 36 victories (the team record was later broken by Ed Belfour's 37 wins in 2002-03).

Joseph owns a career record of 426-310-90, a goals against average of 2.76, and a save percentage of .907.  His 45 career shutouts are the 23rd most in NHL history.

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