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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
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Sport Ice hockey
Given for National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
First award 1967–68 NHL season
Most recent Kris Letang
Pittsburgh Penguins

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. It is named after Bill Masterton, the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career– or even life-threatening illness or injury.


The trophy is named in honor of the late 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 exhibited "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey". A US college standout at Denver University, Masterton had briefly played in the Montreal Canadiens organization before giving up his professional dreams and taking a job as an engineer at Honeywell in Minneapolis. During his spare time, he played senior amateur hockey including for the US national team, where he was scouted by the expansion North Stars and became the club's first contracted player. It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. As of the end of the 2018–19 NHL season, players for the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens have won the trophy five times; players for the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers have won the trophy four times; and players for the Los Angeles Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders have won the trophy three times. Players on Western Conference teams have won the award only 18 times since the award was first given in the 1960s.


Oskar Lindblom (28179260119) (cropped)
Oskar Lindblom, the winner for the 2020–21 season.
Bobby Ryan 2 2017-05-13
Bobby Ryan, the winner for the 2019–20 season.
Robin Lehner 2013-05-17
Robin Lehner, the winner for the 2018–19 season.
Brian Boyle Maple Leafs
Brian Boyle, the winner for the 2017–18 season.
Craig Anderson 2013-05-24
Craig Anderson, the winner for the 2016–17 season.

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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 Had his best statistical year on a recent expansion team.
1969–70 Martin, PitPit Martin Chicago Black Hawks After denouncing the Hawks at the end of the 1968–69 NHL season, Martin and his team came back to finish first in the league, and Martin had 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.
1970–71 Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle New York Rangers A 20-year veteran, he won the trophy for a "lifelong dedication to strong, clean hockey".
1971–72 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers Overcame diabetes to play in the NHL.
1972–73 MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald Pittsburgh Penguins Overcame severe ligament and cartilage damage to his knee and scored 34 goals and 41 assists for 75 points during the 1972–73 NHL season.
1973–74 Richard, HenriHenri Richard Montreal Canadiens This honoured a 20-year career with 11 Stanley Cups.
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 despite his small overall stature and weight, 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 (93 points).
1980–81 Dunlop, BlakeBlake Dunlop St. Louis Blues Although he was a star in junior hockey, he only broke out during the 1980–81 NHL season, after being drafted during the 1973–74 NHL season, 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 its goaltender.
1982–83 McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald Calgary Flames Presented for his dedication; scored 66 goals and 32 assists for 98 points.
1983–84 Park, BradBrad Park Detroit Red Wings Awarded for his dedication to hockey, having played for a team that qualified for the playoffs for 17 straight seasons without winning the Stanley Cup.
1984–85 Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg New York Rangers He was recognized for a dedicated career, and unlike many other winners, for a very good season (20 goals and 31 assists in 64 games played) 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 during a season in which he played his 915th consecutive game, beating Garry Unger's record. He retired having improved the record to 964.
1987–88 Bourne, BobBob Bourne Los Angeles Kings Awarded for exemplifying 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 his entire 17-season career 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 Missed 24 games because of Hodgkin's lymphoma, and still won his fourth Art Ross Trophy with 160 points.
1993–94 Neely, CamCam Neely Boston Bruins Awarded "to recognize his valiant efforts to return to NHL action after suffering career-threatening injuries"; however, those injuries caused his retirement after the 1995–96 NHL season.
1994–95 LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres Overcame a series of serious head injuries.
1995–96 Roberts, GaryGary 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 the 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 alcohol dependence.
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 small part of the 2002–03 NHL season.
2003–04 Berard, BryanBryan Berard Chicago Blackhawks Overcame an injury that rendered him legally blind in one eye.
2004–05 Season cancelled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Overcame major knee surgery to get 90 points (40 goals and 50 assists).
2006–07 Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel Boston Bruins Missed 12 games because of cancer mid-season.
2007–08 Blake, JasonJason Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Despite his diagnosis with chronic myelogenous leukemia, he played all 82 games of the season.
2008–09 Sullivan, SteveSteve Sullivan Nashville Predators Played 41 games this season after missing nearly two years due to a fragmented disc in his back.
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 Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after being hit in the face with a puck while blocking a shot during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs; did not play again after the injury, 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 vertebra. Pacioretty returned in 2011–12 to have his most productive season to date (33 goals and 32 assists).
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, following her diagnosis 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.
2015–16 Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr Florida Panthers At the age of 44, led the Panthers in points (66) and was second in goals (27), as the team earned its first Atlantic Division title and returned to the playoffs after 3 absences. Jagr became the oldest player to surpass 60 points, and was lauded for his work ethic and off-ice mentorship.
2016–17 Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson Ottawa Senators Helped his team advance to the conference final after leaving mid-season to be with wife, Nicholle, who was diagnosed with cancer.
2017–18 Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle New Jersey Devils Diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer at the beginning of training camp. He returned to the NHL on November 1 and scored 10 goals over his first 25 games.
2018–19 Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner New York Islanders After publicly revealing struggles with bipolar disorder in the offseason, had a career-low 2.13 goals against average in the regular season with the Islanders, which was the lowest total since the mid-1980s.
2019–20 Ryan, BobbyBobby Ryan Ottawa Senators After publicly revealing struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, he returned to the NHL, scoring a hat trick in his first home game back.
2020–21 Lindblom, OskarOskar Lindblom Philadelphia Flyers After being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in the middle of the 2019–20 season, he returned in the playoffs that year and played a full season in 2020–21.
2021–22 Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens Worked for months on a protracted recovery from offseason knee surgery, before returning to play five games at the end of the season.
2022–23 Letang, KrisKris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins Suffered a stroke, the second of his career, after initially suffering from a stroke in January 2014. He returned to play 12 days later. Additionally, he missed time due to a broken foot and the death of his father, Claude, within the same month, still returning to play weeks later.

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