Columbus Blue Jacket goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, currently leading the NHL in wins, goals-against average and shutouts, was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Monday by the Columbus chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
The award is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The 28-year-old netminder from Novokuznetsk, Russia boasts a sterling 40–13–5 record between the pipes for the Blue Jackets this season, with a 1.99 goals-against average, a .934 save percentage and seven shutouts in 58 games this season.
The winner of the 2013 Vezina Trophy awarded to the leagues' best goaltender, Bobrovsky made his first NHL All-Star Game appearance this season and has an NHL career record of 180–103–30. Last season, Bobrovsky missed 35 games due to injury. The year prior, injuries cost him 23 games.
The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The trophy dates back to 1968 and is named in honor of former Minnesota North Star skater Bill Masterton, who passed away shortly after suffering a brain injury during play.
Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers took home the award last season. Blue Jackets nominated for the award in years past include Nick Foligno, Vinny Prospal, and Manny Malhotra.