The Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) today announced that goaltender James Reimer has been selected as the Carolina Hurricanes' nominee for the 2019-20 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the PHWA to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
In its news release announcing Reimer as the Hurricanes' nominee, the Carolina chapter of the PHWA stated:
Rather than become an afterthought in Carolina's crowded goaltending situation, the 32-year-old Reimer instead became a key part of the team's rotation.
Reimer went 14-6-2 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his first season with Carolina. Reimer did not have a regulation loss after the calendar flipped to 2020, going 6-0-2 in his last eight decisions - the longest stretch of his career without a regulation loss since a 10-game run in 2011.
Reimer, 32, is in his 10th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes. Acquired from Florida on June 30, 2019, Reimer posted a 14-6-2 record, a 2.66 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and three shurtouts in 25 games during the shortened 2019-20 regular season. Before he exited what turned out to be his final regular-season game on Feb. 22 in Toronto, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound netminder was 6-0-2 in his previous eight starts. Dating back to mid-November, Reimer was 12-2-2 with a 2.50 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts.