The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”. The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule.
Pisani is currently in his fifth season with the Oilers and has scored 10 goals and six assists for 16 points with 20 penalty minutes in 44 games in 2007-08.
The 6’1”, 205 pound Edmonton, Alberta native missed the first 26 games of the regular season due to ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammation of the large intestine.
Because of the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, Pisani suffered abdominal pain and weight loss and was forced to miss training camp and the first third of the NHL regular season schedule. With excellent medical care, Pisani has overcome the condition and has returned to the lineup.
He made his 2007-08 debut with the Oilers on December 2nd in a 4-0 win at Anaheim and has played in each of Edmonton’s 44 games since then. Four of his 10 goals this season have come on the powerplay and he is second on the Oilers with three game-winning goals.
All three of Pisani’s game-winning goals were scored in a stretch of 11 games as he netted the deciding goal in victories versus Calgary (Feb. 4), at San Jose (Feb. 14) and versus Los Angeles (Feb. 28).
Pisani assisted on the 8,000th regular season goal in Edmonton franchise history as Denis Grebeshkov scored the milestone goal in a 5-4 loss at Nashville on February 19, 2008.
In 312 career NHL games with the Oilers, Pisani has scored 66-58-124 with 158 penalty minutes. He has added 15-4-19 in 30 playoff games and was instrumental in leading the Oilers to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.
During the 2006 playoff run, Pisani scored 14-4-18 in 24 games to finish third in scoring on the Oilers and sixth in the NHL. His 14 goals led the league and he topped the NHL with five game winning goals, including an overtime winner in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.