Jagr, Malhotra, Moore named finalists for NHL's Masterton Trophy- Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils, Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes and Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers are the finalists for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils, Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes and Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced on Wednesday. A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The local chapters of the PHWA submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. We’ll say this about Jagr: He does fulfill the “perseverance” portion of the award. Moore, 33, returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence 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. It is, as we’ve often said, the Lifetime Original Movie Award,given to the player who overcame the most horrific ailment or the most personal strife .
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