The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) has named forward Matt Hendricks as the Edmonton Oilers nominee for the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
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.
Hendricks, 33, is in his 7th NHL season and his 2nd season with the Oilers. He has registered 16 points (8G, 8A) in 67 games this season and also ranks second on the Oilers in hits (205).
The 6’0”, 211-pound forward was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 407 career NHL games, accumulating 81 points (40G, 41A) and 553 penalty minutes. He has also played in 34 playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes.
The nomination marks the third time in Hendricks’ career where he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Blaine, Minnesota native was previously nominated by the Colorado Avalanche (2009-10) and the Washington Capitals (2010-11).