Brian Boyle, Roberto Luongo, Jordan Staal named Masterton Trophy finalists

Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal have been named finalists for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the winner will be declared at the NHL Awards on June 20.

Boyle had 13 goals and 23 points in 63 games this season after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at the start of training camp. He represented the Devils at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

Luongo battled through various injuries to post a .929 save percentage, his best mark in 14 years. The 39-year-old led the Panthers to a playoff push that fell just short at the end of the season.

Staal missed three games after he and his wife, Heather, announced their daughter, Hannah, was delivered stillborn due to a terminal birth defect. The 29-year-old co-captain of the Hurricanes had 19 goals and 46 points this season.

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