Shea Weber has been named the Montreal Canadiens nominee for the Bill Masterton trophy for the 2019-20 season.
The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association proudly announces chapters’ nominees for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: pic.twitter.com/EpBQDoMhe5— PHWA (@ThePHWA) June 9, 2020
Weber bounced back from two injury-plagued seasons, and missed only six games in 2019-20. He suffered an ankle injury on February 4. In order to get a better evaluation of the injury, the swelling had to go down and Weber travelled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to be evaluated by orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
On February 12, the team announced he would miss four to six weeks. He returned to practice five days later.
The Canadiens captain had 15 goals and 21 assists in 65 games, the most games he has played in a season since 2016-17.
Each team has a nominee for the trophy, as voted by the city’s chapter of the PHWA. The last three team nominees for the award were Andrew Shaw, Antti Niemi, and Paul Byron.
The Bill Masterton trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It remembers the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who lost his life following a game on January 15, 1968.
Five Canadiens players have won the Masterton Trophy: Max Pacioretty (2011-12), Saku Koivu (2001-02), Serge Savard (1978-79), Henri Richard (1973-74), and the first winner Claude Provost (1967-68)