Apr 1, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore (28) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

NHL announces Masterton Trophy Finalists


The NHL has announced the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr,  Carolina’s Manny Malhotra and Dominic Moore of the Rangers are all up for the Masterton Trophy, which is given to “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

From the NHL:

Jaromir JagrNew Jersey Devils

Jagr’s unwavering dedication to the game has allowed him to continue playing at high level when most players his age are retired. The Devils named the 42-year-old right wing team MVP in 2013-14 after he led the club in assists (43), points (67), plus-minus (+16), game-winning goals (six) and shots (231). Admired throughout the League for his rigorous training regimen, Jagr credits working hard in practices to avoiding fatigue, allowing him to stay fresh and maintain an advantage over opponents late in games.

Manny MalhotraCarolina Hurricanes

Malhotra, 33, was the Vancouver Canucks’ Masterton nominee in 2011-12 after returning from a serious eye injury suffered the season before. Refusing to believe his NHL career was over last fall, Malhotra signed a professional tryout agreement with the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate, on Oct. 3 and signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes four weeks later. He appeared in 69 regular-season games, assumed a leadership role in serving as an alternate captain and ranked second among all NHL players in face-off percentage (59.4%).

Dominic MooreNew York Rangers

Moore, 33, returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the League in the spring of 2012 in order to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Katie passed away at the age of 32 in January of 2013. Moore thereafter established the Katie Moore Foundation (katiemoore.org), dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. He resumed his career as an integral part of a Rangers team that earned 96 points and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.

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