Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow has been nominated for the prestigious 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".
For years, Langkow has been the model of consistency, but this season the Calgary Flames centre has obliterated his career highs while maintaining his ability as one of the league''s best two-way forwards.
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One of the most durable players in the NHL, Langkow is known for playing on despite a plethora of injuries, and never uttering a complaint. He''s missed only one game over the last four seasons.
A prime example of his grit came after blocking a shot with his foot in the Jan. 4 game against the Florida Panthers. Barely able to walk the next day, he still practiced and didn''t miss a game. In fact, over his next 10 games — all with Jarome Iginla out of the lineup — he collected five goals and seven assists.
Also meriting strong consideration for the award were Kristian Huselius and Tony Amonte.
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.
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 Masterton Trophy, Lanny McDonald in 1983 and Gary Roberts in 1996.