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'Yotes Notes: Doan Nominated for Masterton Trophy

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- The Arizona chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association on Tuesday nominated captain Shane Doan for the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an annual award given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.

Doan has played all but two games this season after battling through Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for half of last season. He missed 13 games in 2013-14 fighting and recuperating from the ailment - a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick.

No member of the Coyotes/Jets franchise has ever won the Masterton Trophy although current Development Coach Steve Sullivan won it in 2009 while playing for the Nashville Predators.

Doan has twice been named an NHL All-Star (in 2004 and 2009). In 2010, he won the NHL's King Clancy Trophy and in 2012 he won the NHL's Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Doan, 38, is the longest tenured captain in the NHL, and on Monday night he tied Doug Mohns (1,390 games) for 36th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.

Per, the Masterton trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William 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.

• Forward Lauri Korpikoski missed his third straight game on Monday after being hit in the face with a stick vs. Detroit on March 24. Head Coach Dave Tippett said he has not ruled Korpikoski out of Friday's game at San Jose.

"Speaking from personal experience, I didn't mind getting cut around my eyes or cheeks or anything, but in the mouth it always bothered me because it affects you every day," Tippett said. "...He's eating some solid food again."

• Forward Mikkel Boedker skated on his own for about 15 minutes on Monday for the first time since undergoing emergency spleen removal surgery in January.

"It was good to see him out there," Tippett said. "I think that's one thing that will keep his sanity (through recovery). He wants to get around the guys and get practicing a bit... It's great to see him around, great to see him back in hockey gear."

Boedker will not play again this season. Neither will center Martin Hanzal who is recovering from back surgery. He, too, was around the team on Monday - working out in the gym.

• Numerous prospects within the Coyotes organization are competing - or did compete - in playoff hockey this spring:

Ontario Hockey League
Michael Bunting, forward, Sault Ste. Marie
Max Domi, forward, London
Christian Dvorak, forward, London
Ryan MacInnis, forward, Kitchener
Brendan Perlini, forward, Niagara

Western Hockey League
Brendan Burke, goaltender, Calgary
Edgars Kulda, forward, Edmonton
Marek Langhamer, goaltender, Medicine Hat
Dysin Mayo, defenseman, Edmonton

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Laurent Dauphin, forward, Chicoutimi
Anthony Duclair, forward, Quebec
Yan Pavel Laplante, forward, Gatineau

Connor Clifton, defenseman, Quinnipiac University (eliminated)
Zac Larraza, forward, University of Denver (eliminated)

Maxim Letunov, forward, Youngstown

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