Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Joffrey Lupul will be among the finalists for this years Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. This award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance of sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey. This trophy commemorates Bill Masterton, as former player of the Minnesota North Stars who dies on January 15th of 1968.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, along with Max Pacioretty, the star forward for the Montreal Canadiens are the two other candidates up for this award. The commonalities between Lupul, Alfredsson, Pacioretty start with all three players come from the same North East Division, as well as all three play for Canadian teams. But all three players have gone through three injuries during last season.
Lupul’s career was threatened by two back surgeries in 2010, along with a blood infection. While Alfredsson was coming off of summer back surgery; in the end helping the Senators return to the playoffs. AS for Pacioretty, we all remember the ugly hit on him by Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara late last season, causing Pacioretty to miss the Habs’ last fifteen games.
For the 2011/12 season Joffrey Lupul recorded a career best of 67 points in 66 games. This was due to an almost full healthy season until an unfortunate injury. But also line-mate Phil Kessel was a huge boost to Lupul having a productive career year.
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