SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today the nomination of Minnesota Wild left wing Aaron Voros 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.
Voros, 26 (7/2/81), has collected 14 points (7-7=14) and a team-high 137 penalty minutes in 52 games with Minnesota this season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward also ranks third on the team with 90 hits. Voros underwent leg surgery to remove bone cancer on Jan. 30, 2003 and skated in 223 AHL games before making his NHL debut with the Wild on Nov. 11 at Colorado. He registered his first career NHL goal at Vancouver Nov. 16. The Wild acquired Voros from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2008 seventh round draft pick on March 1, 2007. The Vancouver, British Columbia-native was originally selected by the Devils in the eighth round (229th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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 2006-07 recipient was forward Phil Kessel of the Boston Bruins. 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.
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.