SAN JOSE - The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock has been selected as its 2014 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.
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GAA: 1.91 | Sv%: .930
The 26-year old Stalock suffered a potentially career-threatening knee injury on February 4, 2011 playing with the Worcester Sharks against the Manchester Monarchs during an American Hockey League (AHL) game. The injury, which required two rounds of surgery and a long rehabilitation process to learn how to walk properly again, caused Stalock to miss almost 12 months of action until he played in another hockey game.
Stalock returned to the ice on Jan. 21, 2012 with the Stockton Thunder, San Jose's ECHL affiliate at the time. Stalock posted a 5-1-0 record as well as a 2.83 GAA and .914 SV% in six games for Stockton before being reassigned to the AHL.
Following his stint in Stockton, Stalock split time between Worcester and the Peoria Rivermen (AHL). He played in five AHL games before falling victim to another season-ending injury-this time, a broken finger sustained in warmups on April 5, 2012 before a game with the Texas Stars.
A summer of rehabilitation and strength-building in his knee followed however, eventually leading to a successful 2012-13 campaign. Stalock posted a 2.60 GAA and .912 SV% in 38 games for Worcester, earning a callup to San Jose where he made two appearances in relief.
This season, Stalock has played in 22 games for San Jose, compiling a 11-5-2 record, 1.91 GAA, .930 SV%, and two shutouts. He also set a new Sharks franchise record for longest consecutive shutout streak, posting 178:55 of scoreless play from Jan. 5 at Chicago to Jan. 27 vs. Los Angeles.
The six-foot, 190-pound native of St. Paul, Minnesota was selected in the 4th round (112th overall) by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and 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 Jan. 15, 1968 following an injury suffered in a game.
Former Shark Tony Granato received the award in 1997. This year's winner will be named on June 24th at the NHL's annual awards presentation in Las Vegas