The Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today the nomination of Minnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse
for the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The trophy is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Latendresse, 22 (5/24/87), has established new career highs in every offensive category this season after being acquired by Minnesota in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for Benoit Pouliot on Nov. 23, 2009. Latendresse collected three points (2-1=3) in 23 games with the Canadiens and has recorded 37 points (25-12=37) in 55 games with Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound left wing has set new career highs with 27 goals, 40 points, seven power play goals and four game-winning markers. He also ranks third on the Wild with 157 hits, the second highest total in his career. Latendresse was named the NHL’s Third Star on Jan. 18 after notching eight points (4-4=8) in four games, including his first career hat trick at Phoenix on Jan. 16 and a four point effort (1-3=4) against Pittsburgh on Jan. 11
The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The 2008-09 winner was Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan. NHL writers first presented the trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, who played for the Minnesota North Stars and exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968 as a result of head injuries suffered during a game.Kurtis Foster
(2008-09), Aaron Voros (2007-08), Marian Gaborik (2006-07), Wes Walz (2005-06, 2000-01), Alexandre Daigle (2003-04), Dwayne Roloson (2002-03) and Richard Park (2001-02) were previously nominated for the award.