Each day until the NHL Awards show on June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey
Finalists: Jaromir Jagr – New Jersey Devils; Manny Malhotra – Carolina Hurricanes; Dominic Moore – New York Rangers
Will win – Dominic Moore:
In January of 2013 Katie Moore died from a rare form of liver cancer, she was 32. Her husband, center Dominic Moore, decided to spend the remaining time she had by her side, and left his hockey career behind. After Katie died, he mourned the loss and found a way to return to the ice. Moore played in 73 games in his first season back, and notched 12 assists and 18 points. Although voting for awards is done before the playoffs start, he has also been an integral piece to the Rangers during the run to the Stanley Cup finals, with seven points and three goals in 21 games.
Should win – Matt Stajan, of the Calgary Flames, lived through an experience this season that no parent should have to endure. In early March, the 30-year-old forward’s son died shortly after birth, and Stajan took a leave of absence from hockey. Not a soul would have criticized Stajan if he were to have missed the rest of the season, but he returned to the ice after missing eight games, and finished the year with perseverance and true dedication to the game.
Do you agree? Who do you think should win?