The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today that Ducks goaltender Ray Emery has been named a finalist for the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Right wing Teemu Selanne
is the only Duck to win the Masterton, having done so in 2006. In addition, current Ducks Saku Koivu
(2002 with Montreal) and Jason Blake
(2008 with Toronto) have also won the Masterton in the last nine National Hockey League (NHL) seasons.Emery Comments
The Masterton Trophy is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22 during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas.
Emery, 28 (9/28/82), missed the beginning of the 2010-11 season while recovering from hip surgery that was performed in April 2010. The 28-year-old netminder underwent bone-graft surgery last year to repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, a disease called avascular necrosis that interrupts blood supply and results in the death of cells and bone tissue within a joint.
Signed by Anaheim as a free agent on Feb. 7, Emery posted a 7-2-0 record with a 2.28 goals-against average (GAA) and .926 save percentage (SV%) in 10 regular season NHL appearances. He won six straight starts to open his Anaheim career, falling one shy of matching the club record for consecutive wins by a goaltender (Guy Hebert: 7-0-0, Feb. 25-Mar. 22, 1996). Following his first Anaheim start on Mar. 16, Emery finished tied for fourth in league wins and also earned Second Star of the Week honors for Mar. 14-20 after going 2-0-0 with a 0.99 GAA and .968 SV%.
Selected by Ottawa in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Emery has appeared in 173 career NHL games with the Senators, Flyers and Ducks, compiling a 94-53-15 record with a 2.66 GAA and .908 SV%. He had a career year with Ottawa in 2006-07 when he posted a 33-16-6 record with a 2.47 GAA and .918 SV% in 58 regular season games. Emery ranked tied for sixth in shutouts (5) and tied for seventh in SV% on the season. He also played an instrumental role in the club’s 2007 postseason run, helping the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup Final vs. Anaheim with a 13-7 record and 2.26 GAA in 20 contests.