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Panthers LW David Booth Nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, FLA – The South Florida Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has selected LW David Booth as the Florida Panthers nomination 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 the game of hockey. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career or even life-threatening illness or injury. Previous winners included former Panthers players Gary Roberts (while playing for Calgary) and Jamie McLennan (while playing for St. Louis).

Booth, 26, who missed 54 games during the 2009-10 with two separate concussions, has played in all 81 games with Florida this season and paces the team with 23 goals and is tied for third on the club with 40 points (23-17-40).
 
The Detroit, Michigan native was selected by Florida with the club’s third choice (53rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to the injury, Booth recorded a career high 31 goals and 60 points during the 2008-09 season.
 
The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded to the Bill Masterson Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the winner.
 
The winner will be announced at the NHL’s annual awards banquet scheduled to take place on June 22, 2011 at The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
The PHWA first presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
 
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