Florida Panthers Goaltender Chris Driedger Nominated for 2020-21 Bill Masterton Trophy

Monday, May 10, 2021

SUNRISE, Fla. – The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers‘ Association (PHWA) announced today that Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger has been selected as the club’s 2020-21 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Driedger, 26, has appeared in a career-high 22 games with Florida this season, owning a 13-6-3 record, 2.17 goals against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts. Among all goaltenders who have made at least 20 appearances this season, Driedger ranks tied for seventh in goals against average and save percentage while ranking fifth in even-strength save percentage (.931).

The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr was the recipient of the 2016 Masterton Trophy and goaltender Roberto Luongo was a finalist for the award in 2018.

The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 31 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. Each of the 31 PHWA member chapters nominated a player from the 31 NHL clubs they cover.

Ballots will soon be distributed to all PHWA members to determine the winner, which will be unveiled at the 2021 NHL Awards. Last season, each of the 31 nominees received at least one vote.

The PHWA first presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died January 15, 1968 following an injury suffered in a game.

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