The Sicamous, BC native is the Montreal Canadiens’ nominee for the award.
On Monday, it was announced by the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) that Shea Weber has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Award.
Weber played his 15th NHL season this year, and at the age of 34, he really impressed a lot of people. He showed sportsmanship and dedication, which are what this award is about. He played 65 games and only missed 6 games due to an ankle injury.
Shea scored 15 goals, which ranked him 4th among NHL defensemen, and added 21 assists this year. He scored 3 of those goals on the man advantage.He finished with a plus-minus of -8 and only spent 33 minutes in the penalty box. This season, he took 185 shots, which ranked him 8th in the league among defenseman. He also got his 100th point in a Montreal jersey on October 31st in Vegas vs the Golden Knights.
He played his 200th game as a Canadien vs the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 28th. There are 30 other nominees in the running for this prestigious award, one for every team. The award goes to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
All 31 nominated players will be in a poll and it will up to the PWHA to vote and decide on a winner. The trophy is named after Bill Masterton, who played for the Minnesota North Stars. Masterton sadly passed away after a game on January 15, 1968.
Weber is the 6th Habs player to be nominated for the award and only 5 Canadiens have won the award. Max Pacioretty (2011-12), Saku Koivu ( 2001-2), Serge Savard (1978-79), Henri Richard (1973-74), and Claude Provost, who won the first time it was awarded back in 1967-68.
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Shea Weber nominated