Per basically every Rangers’ beat writer, Dan Girardi has been selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association as the New York Rangers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. According to the NHL, the Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Four Rangers have won the award since its inception in 1968, the most recent being Adam Graves in 2001.
While I don’t think Girardi will ultimately win the award – Tomas Fleischmann and Max Pacioretty both came back from scary injuries to have productive seasons and are probably the favorites – it’s hard to argue against his nomination. He definitely shows those qualities pertaining to the award on a daily basis. His dedication and perseverance were obvious when he stepped up in a big way when Marc Staal was out with a concussion and the number of minutes he racks up nightly and how much abuse his body takes is unreal. Of course, he does all this while keeping his play clean and showing respect for the game.
On a team with many honest, hard-working players Dan Girardi has definitely stood out. Congratulations to him!