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Zuccarello Finalist for Masterton Trophy

by Matthew Calamia / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello on Sunday was named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the conclusion of the regular season.

Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and Florida's Jaromir Jagr are the other two finalists.

Zuccarello, 28, returned to action this season after suffering a fractured skull in the opening-round of the 2015 playoffs when he was struck in the head by a puck. Zuccarello missed the remainder of the playoffs but returned to skate in 81 games for New York. The Oslo, Norway-native amassed a career-high 26 goals and 61 points.

The winner will be announced on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards.

The trophy was presented by the NHL Writer's Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars who passed away on Jan. 15, 1968. A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, in the winner's name.

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