Of all the trophies awarded in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Masterton Trophy may be the most sentimental.
Honoring late North Stars center Bill Masterton, who died in 1968 after hitting his head on the ice, it recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Lately, it has become a sort of injured comeback player of the year award (the past two winners both played while undergoing cancer treatments), but the PHWA has attempted in recent years, without success, to restore its original meaning, which is more of a career achievement award.
Each PHWA chapter nominates one player for the award each season, and the Carolina chapter of the PHWA is currently in the process of selecting this year's nominee from the Hurricanes.
Past nominees include:
2008 Glen Wesley
2007 Erik Cole
2006 Bret Hedican
2005 no season
2004 Rod Brind'Amour
2003 Kevin Weekes
2002 Ron Francis (NHL finalist)
2001 Glen Wesley
2000 Sean Hill
1999 Arturs Irbe
1998 Kevin Dineen
Special Bonus Question: Who should be the Hurricanes' nominee for the Masterton Trophy?
The floor is open.