Reimer, Hamonic, Dupuis among 2016 Masterton nominees

Even though forced from the game too early, Pascal Dupuis is thankful for the opportunity to contribute, prove himself, play with Sidney Crosby, and hopes to remain in Pittsburgh in an undetermined role.

The nominees for the 2016 Bill Masterton Trophy have been announced with some interesting names, and stories, being recognized.

The annual award is given to the NHLer “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Nominees were determined by the various chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA).

Last year’s winner was Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk who came over in a mid-season trade and led the Wild to the playoffs.

Here is the full list of 2016 nominees:

Andrew Cogliano

Shows up for work every day as the NHL’s leading ironman.

Max Domi

Domi has put together an excellent rookie campaign having overcome his small stature and Type 1 Diabetes.

Jonas Gustavsson

Has had to fight off another instance of heart problems, tying his career high in save percentage (.911) while backing up Tuukka Rask.

Ryan O’Reilly

O’Reilly has been everything the Buffalo Sabres could have asked for when they traded for the two-way centre this past off-season.

Mark Giordano

The undrafted Giordano has developed into a top-pairing defenceman and hasn’t been slowed down by last year’s torn bicep, putting up career highs in goals and points.

Nathan Gerbe

The diminutive forward was nominated for the second straight season after not letting his five-foot-five stature slow him down.

Michal Rozsival

Came back after shattering his ankle nearly a year ago to be a reliable contributor on Chicago’s blue-line.

Carl Soderberg

Carried himself well in his first season in Colorado despite being legally blind in his left eye after being caught with an errant stick eight years ago.

Fedor Tyutin

Tyutin became just the fourth Blue Jacket to play 500 games with the club, and the Russian has long been a fan favourite in Columbus.

Jamie Benn

Had hip surgery after leading the NHL in points last season. Spent much time at the Dallas Stars‘ practice facility this past off-season to recover and has shown that last year’s success was no fluke.

Pavel Datsyuk

Now 37 years old, Datsyuk continues to lead the Detroit Red Wings despite playing through various ailments throughout the season.

Matt Hendricks

On a struggling Edmonton Oilers team, Hendricks can be counted on to do whatever coach Todd McLellan asks of him.

Jaromir Jagr

Jagr has been a valuable leader on a young Panthers team, while holding his own on the first line at 44 years old. Has passed Gordie Howe to move into third in all-time scoring.

Vincent Lecavalier

Was frequently scratched as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers but has rejuvenated his career since being traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

Nate Prosser

Prosser is being recognized for his affable smile and generous work in the Minnesota community, where he donates time and money to various charities.

Mike Condon

Has had to fight through pain and pressure since stepping in to replace Carey Price in what’s been a difficult season in Montreal.

Carter Hutton

Hutton has been a great teammate off and on the ice for a Nashville Predators team whose starter, Pekka Rinne, wasn’t always in top form this season.

Andy Greene

Greene has spent this season on perhaps the NHL’s most quiet shutdown pair with Adam Larsson. Greene was made the franchise’s 11th captain ahead of this season and has played in every game so far for the Devils.

Travis Hamonic

Has been a good soldier in playing for the New York Islanders despite his request to be moved closer to his home to be with his family. The rare case of a player asking for a trade where no hard feelings developed.

Mats Zuccarello

Suffered a life-threatening skull fracture and brain contusion when he was hit with a puck last April, but came back to put up an excellent season for the New York Rangers.

Zack Smith

Bounced back from a tough 2014-15 season that saw him suffer a dislocated wrist injury to put up a career-high 21 goals this year.

Shayne Gostisbehere

Despite tearing his ACL last year, “Ghost Bear” has been a revelation for the Flyers in his rookie season, setting records and lifting his team near a playoff berth.

Pascal Dupuis

Put his family first and retired after suffering from blood clots. He was a heart-and-soul player who left everything on the ice.

Joe Thornton

Was stripped of his captaincy and responded by putting up yet another stellar season as one of the league’s premier passers.

Brian Elliott

Has once again shrugged off critics and the young incumbent Jake Allen to stabilize the crease situation in St. Louis.

Anton Stralman

It took reaching his fourth NHL team, but Stralman has developed into one of the NHL’s most underrated defenders.

James Reimer

Reimer put up with a lot of critics throughout his time in Toronto, but was a good sport all through his time with the Leafs until his trade to San Jose ahead of the trade deadline.

Dan Hamhuis

Came back after suffering a gruesome injury when hit in the face by a puck.

Dmitry Orlov

Broke his wrist at the 2014 world championships and complications limited the Russian to just three games last season, all of which were in the AHL. Has rebounded nicely to and has proven himself to be reliable asset on a deep Washington Capitals squad.

Dustin Byfuglien

Leads by example on a young Winnipeg Jets team. Signed an extension to ensure he’ll be around for the foreseeable future.

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