DETROIT, MICH — The Red Wings have reportedly nominated captain Henrik Zetterberg for the Bill Masterton Trophy, according to Ted Kulfan:
Zetterberg nominated for Masterson Trophy for dedication and sportsmanship and perseverance to hockey— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) March 24, 2017
Zetterberg, 36, is having an extremely successful season with 60 points (15-45-60) in 72 games. With a lot of doubt over his play due to the age factor, the 14-year veteran has made a statement with his performance this year.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. It’s often awarded to a player who has made a comeback from a career-altering injury or complication. Zetterberg has battled issues with his back for many years, and it looks like the Sweden-born veteran is poised to ride out his final years with a bang.
Each NHL team selects their nomination for the award, then the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers' Association) selects the player.