Masterton nominees announced
Left wing Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings and right wing Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers are the finalists for the 2008 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) announced today.No surprises here. I expect Blake or Pisani to win this year.
The award, under the trusteeship of the PHWA, is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.>> league release
And if you haven't yet seen it, stop by Pisani's blog for his own account of how he battled back from ulcerative colitis this season. It's a very serious and difficult disease, and it's actually quite remarkable he was able to return to play so fast.