The Montreal chapter of the Professionnal Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced today the selection of Montreal Canadiens’ forward David Desharnais as the team’s candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2013-14 season. Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty was the award recipient in 2011-12.
The 27-year old Desharnais is completing his fifth NHL season. Throughout the season, he was a true example of sportsmanship, perseverance and determination.
Signed as a free agent on November 5, 2008 the Laurier-Station, Quebec native has recorded 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists) and has a +8 differential in 74 games thus far this season. Desharnais leads the team forwards in assists and ranks third overall on the team for points.
The Canadiens’ centre, who began his professional career in the minors at the AHL and ECHL level, will now be in contention with the league’s 29 other nominees for this coveted award.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The trophy commemorates the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who lost his life following an NHL game on January 15, 1968.
Five Canadiens players have been awarded with the Masterton in league history; Max Pacioretty (2011-12), Saku Koivu (2001-02), Serge Savard (1978-79), Henri Richard (1973-74) and Claude Provost (1967-68), who became the first recipient of the award.