Rod Brind'Amour is the Carolina Hurricanes' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton is awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Brind'Amour was nominated by the Carolina chapter of the PHWA.
Brind'Amour's 20th year in the NHL has been among his most trying. Injuries have slowed the Canes' team captain and limited his production, yet he missed just two games this season and is playing his best hockey in the stretch run to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"It has been a tough year but it's not over," Brind'Amour said Tuesday. "If you make the playoffs, no one will remember anything about that; they'll remember the playoff run. We're trying to get in and I'm trying to everything I can to help this team get in.
"Win the Stanley Cup and nobody remembers how many goals you scored that year or the other things that were going on. That's what it is all about."
Brind'Amour was Carolina's nominee for the Masterton Trophy in 2004 and said it "means a lot" to be chosen.
Canes forward Erik Cole praised Brind'Amour's nomination, saying, "Roddy is a guy whose work ethic is second to none to anyone in the league. He does a lot of things to help the team, not just on the ice but off the ice, and leads by example."