CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that Steve Bégin has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Calgary Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA). The annual award goes to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
“Bégin shows his dedication to hockey every time he hits the ice. A skater whose calling card is succeeding through determination, Bégin overcame his biggest test by returning to the NHL this season at 34 years of age despite missing all of the 2011-12 season due to hip surgery. He attended the Flames training camp without a contract, but earned a spot on the team with his usual brand of exuberance. Bégin is tenacious and never afraid to mix it up, but respectful of his opponents when the whistle has blown. He's also taken on the role of a leader for a rebuilding Flames team, helping out the young players in any way possible.” - Calgary Chapter of the PHWA
The trophy was first 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 hockey game. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.
A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
Two Flames have won the trophy, Lanny McDonald in 1983 and Gary Roberts in 1996.