The Toronto chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has chosen goaltender Ed Belfour as its nominee for the 2003 Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded for "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey".
| Ed Belfour is one of 30 Masterton nominees.
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After a disappointing 2001-02 season, in which he lost his starting job in Dallas, Belfour vowed to prove he was still an NHL all-star. The 37-year-old has had an outstanding first season as a Maple Leaf, earning a place among the league leaders in victories, save percentage and shutouts.
He has been battling Colorado Avalanche Patrick Roy for the lead in shutouts by active goaltenders and was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
Recent Masterton nominees from Toronto include Mikael Renberg, Steve Thomas and Yanic Perreault, while Gary Roberts won the award as a Carolina Hurricane in 1996. Last year's Masterton winner was Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens.
Each NHL city nominates a Masterton candidate and the winner is chosen by the entire PHWA at the end of the season. The Masterton is part of the league's televised awards ceremonies in early June.