|Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin of Russia makes a save against Calgary Flames right wing Owen Nolan during the third period of their NHL hockey game and a 4-2 loss to the Flames in Chicago, Sunday, March 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) |
The annual award goes to “the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Two Flames have previously won the Masterton Trophy; Lanny McDonald in 1983 and Gary Roberts in 1996.
“Not long ago, most of the hockey world believed Owen Nolan's career was over. A knee injury took him two seasons to recover and appeared to spell the end for the rugged right winger. Instead, he reached the 1,000-game milestone on October 22, 2007. Nolan came back to the NHL last season with Phoenix and carried over his strong play this year for the Flames in a second-line role. On top of his goal production, Nolan has provided veteran leadership and the physical play that he has become known for throughout his career. During this season, he has battled through a recurring neck/shoulder injury; playing despite suffering stingers.”
Nolan, a sixteen-year NHL veteran, has played in 66 games this season after signing with Calgary as a free agent on July 3, 2007. He has recorded 15 goals and added 12 assists for 27 points while accumulating 63 penalty minutes. In 1056 career NHL games with Quebec/Colorado, San Jose, Toronto, Phoenix and Calgary, the 6’1”, 208 lbs right winger has recorded 802 points including 380 goals.
Born in Belfast, Ireland but raised in Thorold, Ontario, Nolan was originally drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. The 36-year old has represented Canada at the 1997 World Championships and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, capturing a gold medal on both occasions. In addition, Nolan has played in five NHL All-Star Games. He reached the prestigious 1000 games played plateau on October 22, 2007.
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 hockey game.