|Calgary Flames center Craig Conroy, left, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, April 2, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) |
The annual award goes to “the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”.
Craig Conroy is a fan favourite in Calgary for more than just his outgoing personality. His dedication to the team, determination on the ice and efforts off the ice has always been second to none.
Those characteristics are just a few reasons Conroy has been selected by the Calgary chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association as the Flames nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.Conroy has handled a trying season filled with injuries with the kind of grace befitting a true professional. He was earlier lauded with the team's Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award for his community efforts.
The 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 hockey game.
Two Flames have won the trophy, Lanny McDonald in 1983 and Gary Roberts in 1996.
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.