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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Established 1967–68 NHL season
Current holder(s) Dominic Moore
Awarded to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded every year to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner is selected by a vote of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team selects one player on their team to be voted on. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can receive this trophy only once in his career.


The trophy is named in honour of Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. During his playing career, Masterton showed "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey". It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. As of the end of the 2008–09 NHL season, players for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins have won the trophy 4 times each, while the Los Angeles Kings have won 3 times.


Mario Lemieux 2001
Mario Lemieux, the winner for the 1992–93 season.
Teemu Selänne, the winner for the 2005–06 season

     Player is still active

Season Winner Team Reasons for winning
1967–68 Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost Montreal Canadiens "Embodied the definition of perseverance and dedication to hockey" throughout his 15-year career.
1968–69 Hampson, TedTed Hampson Oakland Seals Scored many points while on a new team.
1969–70 Martin, PitPit Martin Chicago Black Hawks After saying his team needed to improve after the 1968–69 NHL season, Martin and his team came back with a first-place finish, and Martin had 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.
1970–71 Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle New York Rangers After playing for 20 years, he won the trophy for a "lifelong dedication to strong, clean hockey".
1971–72 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers Played in the NHL even while he had diabetes.
1972–73 MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald Pittsburgh Penguins Scored 34 goals and 41 assists for 75 points during the 1972–73 NHL season after having severe ligament and cartilage damage to his knee.
1973–74 Richard, HenriHenri Richard Montreal Canadiens Won the Stanley Cup eleven times.
1974–75 Luce, DonDon Luce Buffalo Sabres Awarded for perseverance and dedication, after a 38-point increase in scoring from the previous season.
1975–76 Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert New York Rangers Overcame a serious back injury early during his career.
1976–77 Westfall, EdEd Westfall New York Islanders Awarded for being a good leader.
1977–78 Goring, ButchButch Goring Los Angeles Kings Made the NHL even though he was smaller than most players, and had consistently good seasons.
1978–79 Savard, SergeSerge Savard Montreal Canadiens Awarded for "dedication to hockey", after he won his eighth Stanley Cup in eleven seasons.
1979–80 MacAdam, AlAl MacAdam Minnesota North Stars Rewarded for his perseverance after scoring a career high 42 goals and 51 assists for 93 points.
1980–81 Dunlop, BlakeBlake Dunlop St. Louis Blues Although he was a good player in junior hockey, he only started doing good in the NHL during the 1980–81 NHL season, after being selected during the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft seven years before, by scoring 20 goals and 67 assists for 87 points. It was awarded for perseverance.
1981–82 Resch, GlennGlenn Resch Colorado Rockies Awarded for perseverance, as he gave his young team more confidence while he served as goaltender.
1982–83 McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald Calgary Flames Presented for his dedication; he was traded around the league numerous times, and when he was traded to the Flames, he scored 66 goals and 32 assists for 98 points.
1983–84 Park, BradBrad Park Detroit Red Wings Awarded for his dedication to hockey.
1984–85 Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg New York Rangers He was recognized for a dedicated career and for a good season as well.
1985–86 Simmer, CharlieCharlie Simmer Boston Bruins Overcame serious ligament damage to his knee to score 60 points.
1986–87 Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis Hartford Whalers Awarded after he beat Garry Unger's record for most games played in a row, with 914 games.
1987–88 Bourne, BobBob Bourne Los Angeles Kings Awarded for showing the qualities of dedication and perseverance.
1988–89 Kerr, TimTim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers He returned to score 48 goals and 40 assists for 88 points in 69 games after overcoming severe knee and shoulder injuries, as well as aseptic meningitis the season before.
1989–90 Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak Boston Bruins Tried to overcome severe knee injuries, but after playing two games after his tenth knee operation, he retired.
1990–91 Taylor, DaveDave Taylor Los Angeles Kings Played all his seventeen seasons with the Kings, and was honored for his dedication.
1991–92 Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick New York Islanders Overcame eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, a potentially life-threatening disease, and returned to the NHL.
1992–93 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins Scored 69 goals and 91 assists for 160 points, despite missing 24 games because of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
1993–94 Neely, CamCam Neely Boston Bruins Awarded "to recognize his valiant efforts to return to NHL action after suffering career-threatening injuries"; however he retired after 1995–96 NHL season because of those injuries.
1994–95 LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres Overcame a series of serious head injuries.
1995–96 Gary Roberts Calgary Flames Successfully recovered from possibly career-ending surgery to correct bone spurs and nerve damage.
1996–97 Granato, TonyTony Granato San Jose Sharks Overcame possibly career-ending brain injury sustained during 1995–96 NHL season to score 25 goals during the 1996–97 NHL season.
1997–98 McLennan, JamieJamie McLennan St. Louis Blues Overcame bacterial meningitis.
1998–99 Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen Tampa Bay Lightning Overcame non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
1999–2000 Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko New Jersey Devils Overcame alcoholism.
2000–01 Graves, AdamAdam Graves New York Rangers Awarded for all-around dedication to hockey.
2001–02 Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Overcame non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
2002–03 Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings Eventually overcame several health problems, but played only a few games in the 2002–03 NHL season.
2003–04 Berard, BryanBryan Berard Chicago Blackhawks Overcame an eye injury that rendered one eye legally blind.
2004–05 zzz2004–05 NHL lockout;
no winner
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2005–06 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Overcame major knee surgery to score 90 points (40 goals and 50 assists).
2006–07 Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel Boston Bruins Missed 12 games because of testicular cancer mid season.
2007–08 Blake, JasonJason Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia but still played a full 82-game season.
2008–09 Sullivan, SteveSteve Sullivan Nashville Predators Played 41 games this season after missing almost two years due to a fragmented disc in his back, and a strained groin.
2009–10 Theodore, JoseJose Theodore Washington Capitals Had his best season since 2001–02 following his son Chase's death in 2009 from complications stemming from his premature birth.
2010–11 Laperriere, IanIan Laperriere Philadelphia Flyers Was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after being hit in the face with a puck while blocking a shot during the 2009-10 playoffs; did not play during the 2010-11 season, but "continued to serve the team in several capacities."
2011–12 Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens Was knocked out of the 2010-11 season following a hit that left him with a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. Returned in 2011-12 to have his most productive season.
2012–13 Harding, JoshJosh Harding Minnesota Wild Earned a shutout in his first start after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the off-season. Then missed 33 games before returning late in the season and starting five playoff games.
2013–14 Moore, DominicDominic Moore New York Rangers Returned to the NHL in the 2013–14 season after taking an 18-month leave of absence from the league in the spring of 2012 to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She died in January 2013.
2014–15 Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild Led the last-place Wild to the playoffs following a mid-season trade; going 27-9-2 with a 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and five shutouts. The Wild were Dubnyk's fifth team over the previous two seasons.

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