The New York Islanders chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that Islanders right wing Josh Bailey is their nominee for the 2018 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey."
Bailey is in the midst of a career year, setting new highs in goals (18), assists (51) and points (69), as well as earning his first appearance at the NHL all-star game.
Bailey's career year comes in his 10th NHL season - all with the Islanders. The winger signed a six-year contract extension on Feb. 23.
Two Islanders have won the Masterton Trophy in the past, Ed Westfall in 1977 for his leadership and Mark Fitzpatrick in 1992 for overcoming Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome.
All 31 teams have a nominee for the Masterton Trophy, all selected by local chapters of the PWHA. The winner is voted on in a poll conducted by the PWHA chapters and announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Below is a list of the Masterton nominees.
Anaheim Ducks - TBD
Arizona Coyotes - D Jakob Chychrun
Boston Bruins - F David Backes
Buffalo Sabres - F Kyle Okposo
Calgary Flames - F Matt Stajan
Carolina Hurricanes - F Jordan Staal
Chicago Blackhawks - G Jeff Glass
Colorado Avalanche - F Carl Soderberg
Columbus Blue Jackets - D Zach Werenski
Dallas Stars - F Mattias Janmark
Detroit Red Wings - TBD
Edmonton Oilers - D Adam Larsson
Florida Panthers - G Roberto Luongo
Los Angeles Kings - F Dustin Brown
Minnesota Wild - F Matt Cullen
Montreal Canadiens - G Antti Niemi
Nashville Predators - F Austin Watson
New Jersey Devils - F Brian Boyle
New York Islanders - F Josh Bailey
New York Rangers - F Chris Kreider
Ottawa Senators - D Mark Borowiecki
Philadelphia Flyers - F Claude Giroux
Pittsburgh Penguins - D Kris Letang
San Jose Sharks - F Joe Thornton
St Louis Blues - G Carter Hutton
Tampa Bay Lightning - F Steven Stamkos
Toronto Maple Leafs - D Roman Polak
Vancouver Canucks - F Derek Dorsett
Vegas Golden Knights - D Brad Hunt
Washington Capitals - F Devante Smith-Pelly
Winnipeg Jets - D Tyler Myers