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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Qualities of Perseverance and Sportsmanship
THE BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY IS AN ANNUAL AWARD UNDER THE TRUSTEESHIP OF THE PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY WRITERS' ASSOCIATION AND IS GIVEN TO THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYER WHO BEST EXEMPLIFIES THE QUALITIES OF PERSEVERANCE, SPORTSMANSHIP, AND DEDICATION TO HOCKEY.
A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a hockey game.
Arthur Howie Ross, former manager-coach of the Boston Bruins, presented the trophy to the National Hockey League in 1947.
If two players finish the season with the same number of points, the trophy is awarded in the following manner: 1. Player with most goals; 2. Player with fewer games played; 3. Player scoring first goal of the season.