Originally written April 24, 2012 on The 6th Sens:
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Today the NHL announced Daniel Alfredsson, Max Pacioretty and Joffrey Lupul as the three finalists for its Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner is determined by the balloting of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each organization has one player nominated for consideration. Historically, the award tends to be given to the player who has overcome some significant injury or obstacle in their life. Given the context of the award, I'm surprised that Rick Nash hasn't received more historical support because he's been hamstrung playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. For Alfredsson, the PHWA recognition is not without warrant. (Albeit, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the All-Star Game Alfie love in, helped raise his profile around the league.) Last seaso...
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