The National Hockey League has announced the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the player who shows the most perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Dominic Moore left in the spring of the 2011-2012 season and did not play during the 2013 shortened season. He took a leave of absence to take care of his wife who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She passed away in January of 2013. Moore returned this season and tallied 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 72 games for the New York Rangers in route to their 96-point regular season.
Jaromir Jagr has turned into the ageless wonder. At 42-years-old, Jagr still competes at a very high level for the New Jersey Devils. His 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists) led the Devils during the 2013-2014 regular season. He also managed to play all 82 regular season games, which is truly remarkable considering his age.
Manny Malhotra returned to the NHL this season after being doubted by the entire league. After suffering a severe eye injury on March 16, 2011 with the Canucks, Manny Malhotra missed the rest of that season. Having little faith in Manny Malhotra’s future, Mike Gillis, GM of the Vancouver Canucks, let the 33-year-old center go to free agency after the 2013 shortened season. Manny Malhotra did not give up on his career. After signing with the Carolina Hurricanes in early October, 2013, Manny Malhotra worked his way through the AHL to get back to the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. Manny Malhotra finished second in the NHL in faceoff percentage (59.4%).