LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Devan Dubnyk's career resurrection earned him the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey on Wednesday.
Dubnyk started a franchise-record 38 straight games in almost single-handedly turning the Minnesota Wild into a playoff team after being traded from the Arizona Coyotes.
In 2013-14, Dubnyk was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Nashville Predators and later to the Montreal Canadiens and finished the season in the minor leagues.
On a one-year deal worth US$800,000, Dubnyk played well for the Coyotes and then starred for the Wild.
Dubnyk went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and five shutouts in getting Minnesota from 12th place in the Western Conference to a wild-card spot.
Dubnyk finished ahead of Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond and Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to win the Masterton.