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Max Pacioretty: Montreal Canadiens Candidate for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Montreal chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association announced Tuesday evening that they voted Canadiens forward, Max Pacioretty, as the team candidate for this season’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

Pacioretty had this to say about the nomination after he had been informed, according to the Montreal Gazette:

“It’s a huge honour any time you’re recognized individually,” Pacioretty said Tuesday night upon being informed of his selection. “It’s a great honour, but any time I’m asked questions about personal success, it makes me think how much more rewarding the feeling would be if we were in the playoff picture right now.

“You almost feel a little bit selfish getting too excited about a personal goal or nomination like this, but you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t. So obviously, I am very excited about it.”