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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres
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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber was today announced as the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an award that recognizes the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Weber was selected in a vote by the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the organization that oversees this award. One nominee is chosen from each team, and the winner is selected by a poll of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.

From The Buffalo News article announcing the nomination:
“Weber earned the nomination in part by being a veteran leader on a young team in need of them. The longest-tenured player in the organization mentors teammates such as Ramsus Ristolainen and
Nikita Zadorov. He shows how to be a spokesman during tough times, like when he eloquently represented the Sabres in speaking about the death of former teammate Steve Montador.”


The 27-year-old Weber has played in 305 career NHL games for the Sabres, after being selected by Buffalo in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.

The Sabres have had two previous winners of the Masterton Trophy: Don Luce (1975) and Pat LaFontaine (1995).

The award is named for the late Bill Masterton, the only NHL player to die from injuries suffered during a game, while playing for the Minnesota North Stars on January 15, 1968.

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