The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) announced today that Florida Panthers F Tomas Kopecky has been selected as the club’s 2015 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Kopecky, 33, was limited to 49 games, recording four goals and eight assists, during the 2013-14 season due to a season-ending concussion.
This season, Kopecky has recorded eight points (2-6—8) with 88 hits in 63 games played, while averaging 12:54 of ice time per game.
Before his injury last season, the Ilava, Slovakia, native led Florida in goals (15) during the 2012-13 season.
The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.
A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner.
The PHWA first presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died January 15, 1968 following an injury suffered in a game.