ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is a finalist for the 2020-21 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Dumba, 26, continues to focus on making hockey more inclusive to everyone with the ultimate goal of eradicating racism from the game completely. He hosted the inaugural Matt Dumba Hockey Without Limits Camp on Feb. 27 at the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2021. The camp was created to bring more diversity and inclusion to the game and help provide more children the opportunity to play the great sport of hockey. Over 100 youth hockey players from The Herb Brooks Foundation, The Hendrickson Foundation and New Directions Youth Ministry participated in the camp led by Minnesota Hockey coaches.
He tallied 21 points (6-15=21) and 46 penalty minutes in 51 games this season and added three points (1-2=3) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Dumba ranked fourth on the team in blocked shots (75) and hits (74) and sixth in shots on goal (89). He recorded the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win vs. Los Angeles (2/27) to become the franchise leader in overtime goals (6). Dumba owns 195 points (68-127=195), 69 power play points, 271 penalty minutes and a plus-28 rating in 462 games during eight seasons with the Wild (2013-21).
He was the recipient of the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy as Dumba contributed his time, money and efforts to a number of community initiatives during the season and helped form the Hockey Diversity Alliance. He is the third player in team history to be named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Devan Dubnyk was the winner in 2014-15 and Josh Harding was the recipient in 2012-13.
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Oskar Lindblom and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau are the other finalists for the 2020-21 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association 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 and who died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.