Devan Dubnyk Named Finalist For Masterton Trophy


Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton trophy.

Just one week after being named a finalist for the Vezina trophy, Devan Dubnyk earned yet another accolade. Joining Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dubnyk has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey,” the Masterton trophy is named after Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton, who died as the result of injuries sustained during a NHL game.

Dubnyk is the second player in Minnesota Wild history to be nominated for the award. Goaltender Josh Harding won the prestigious award in 2013 after battling back from a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

Devan Dubnyk fits the bill for a Masterton winner perfectly. After spending the 2013-2014 season in 3 different organizations, including time in the AHL, Dubnyk has undeniably resurrected his career with the Wild. In 39 games with the Wild, Dubnyk went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage.

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A player from each NHL team is nominated by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association before finalists are selected. The Winner will be announced at the NHL awards in Las Vegas on June 24th.

While I think Dubnyk is a long shot for the Vezina, he’s been nothing short of incredible this season. Like I said, he’s completely resurrected his career in Arizona and Minnesota. Less than a year after playing in the minor leagues, Dubnyk has a chance to lead the Wild deep in to the playoffs. If that’s not perseverance, I don’t know what is.

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