Canucks nominate Dan Hamhuis for Masterton Trophy

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Dan Hamhuis will be the Vancouver Canucks nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, the team announced today.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Certainly, Dan Hamhuis is an excellent choice.

Hamhuis has had a trying season, in what could be his last in Vancouver.

The 33-year-old veteran blueliner broke his jaw in a gruesome injury on December 9th, which kept him out of action for nearly two months. He returned with a face mask to protect his jaw, and played some of his best hockey of the season once returning.

The pending unrestricted free agent has also had to deal with a number of trade rumours this season, despite his desire to stay in Vancouver. He was at the epicentre of the trade deadline last month, and was nearly dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE BILL MASTERTON TROPHY
YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2015 DEVAN DUBNYK MINNESOTA WILD
2014 DOMINIC MOORE NEW YORK RANGERS
2013 JOSH HARDING MINNESOTA WILD
2012 MAX PACIORETTY MONTREAL CANADIENS
2011 IAN LAPERRIERE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
2010 JOSE THEODORE WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2009 STEVE SULLIVAN NASHVILLE PREDATORS
2008 JASON BLAKE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
2007 PHIL KESSEL BOSTON BRUINS
2006 TEEMU SELANNE ANAHEIM DUCKS
2004 BRYAN BERARD CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
2003 STEVE YZERMAN DETROIT RED WINGS
2002 SAKU KOIVU MONTREAL CANADIENS
2001 ADAM GRAVES NEW YORK RANGERS
2000 KEN DANEYKO NEW JERSEY DEVILS
1999 JOHN CULLEN TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
1998 JAMIE MCLENNAN ST. LOUIS BLUES
1997 TONY GRANATO SAN JOSE SHARKS
1996 GARY ROBERTS CALGARY FLAMES
1995 PAT LAFONTAINE BUFFALO SABRES
1994 CAM NEELY BOSTON BRUINS
1993 MARIO LEMIEUX PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
1992 MARK FITZPATRICK NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1991 DAVE TAYLOR LOS ANGELES KINGS
1990 GORD KLUZAK BOSTON BRUINS
1989 TIM KERR PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1988 BOB BOURNE LOS ANGELES KINGS
1987 DOUG JARVIS HARTFORD WHALERS
1986 CHARLIE SIMMER BOSTON BRUINS
1985 ANDERS HEDBERG NEW YORK RANGERS
1984 BRAD PARK DETROIT RED WINGS
1983 LANNY MCDONALD CALGARY FLAMES
1982 GLENN RESCH COLORADO ROCKIES
1981 BLAKE DUNLOP ST. LOUIS BLUES
1980 AL MACADAM MINNESOTA NORTH STARS
1979 SERGE SAVARD MONTREAL CANADIENS
1978 BUTCH GORING LOS ANGELES KINGS
1977 ED WESTFALL NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1976 ROD GILBERT NEW YORK RANGERS
1975 DON LUCE BUFFALO SABRES
1974 HENRI RICHARD MONTREAL CANADIENS
1973 LOWELL MACDONALD PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
1972 BOBBY CLARKE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1971 JEAN RATELLE NEW YORK RANGERS
1970 PIT MARTIN CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1969 TED HAMPSON OAKLAND SEALS
1968 CLAUDE PROVOST MONTREAL CANADIENS

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