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Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 12:58 pm
Anaheim Ducks goalie Ray Emery, Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow and Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere were announced Tuesday as the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an award that goes “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Local chapters of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association make nominations for the Masterton Trophy -- seen by many as the NHL's version of the comeback player of the year award -- and the entire membership votes on the highest three vote getters. The winner will be announced June 22 as part of the NHL awards show. Along with the award, the PHWA also awards a grant annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund. 

Here’s a rundown of the three finalists: 

Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks: Emery underwent bone-graft surgery last April to repair a deteriorating ball joint in his right hip. The injury was the result of avascular necrosis, a disease that limits blood flow. After not playing since Feb. 1, 2010, the Ducks signed him Feb. 7 and he finished the season 7-2-0 and posted a 2.28 goals-against average with a .926 save percentage. 

Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames: Out more than a year after a shot broke a vertebra in his neck, Langkow made it back for this end of the season as the Flames battled for a playoff spot. He played his first game of the season April 1 days after he was cleared to resume practicing. He played in Flames’ final four games, contributing an assist and was a plus-3. 

Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers: One of the game’s toughest individuals, Laperriere overcame a broken orbital bone and concussion from a blocked shot early in last season’s playoffs and made it back in time for the Flyers’ unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Final. His attempts to return this season were cut short due to concussion-like symptoms, but he still serves as a mentor to younger players and works for the organization.  

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:14 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Thanks for stating what the award is really for. I am absolutely sure that the people who give the award have no recolection of why it is issued. I suppose being a fan of the Habs, you have had so little to be inspired by in such a long time you just need to drone on about how players arent worthy of the award.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:32 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Hmmm.. all current or former FLYERS...IMAGINE THAT, a Masterson Trophy, can the Lady Byng be far behind?

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:32 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

I would have thought more games played were in order to be up for this award. It exists for overlooked players who are inspirational by their perseverance in the face of adversity; for both Emery and Langkow appeared at year end for a few games and Laperriere to be in and out so much seems to me to be a bit less than inspirational. Might as well give one to Foppa for his two game trial and retirement announcement. His comeback was staged over the last few years so he did try.
Emery though seems to be questionable and shouldn't win. He burned a few ex-teammates with his antics and although it was unfortunate he has a degenerative disease and he's bounced back well, he hasn't inspired too many people yet.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 5:54 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Seems like Langkow wins it.  How Ray Emery is even up for the award is a mystery to me; the guy has bounced around a few teams, has a miserable work ethic and is largely viewed as a lockeroom cancer.  So his career as a backup in the NHL might not be over.  Big deal- sometimes, it's best just to have 2 finalists...

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 4:48 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Interesting--all current or former Flyers. 

Tough and dedicated?  Or just injury prone?  I'll give Lappy the benefit of the doubt and say tough and dedicated...that guy blocked a shot with his face. 

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 4:18 pm

Emery, Langkow, Laperriere Masterton finalists

Atta boy Lanks.. your awesome... good to see ya out there... we will pot a few more next year and make playoffs good showing to all..Go flames Go

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