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Montreal’s Pacioretty awarded Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Jun 20, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty AP

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has won the 2012 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

Pacioretty staged a heroic comeback after suffering a fractured vertebrae and a severe concussion on a Zdeno Chara hit in Mar. 2011. After missing the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, Pacioretty came back with aplomb in 2011-12, setting career highs in goals (33), assists (32), points (65), game-winning goals (five) and shots on goal (286).

The Connecticut native also put himself in the history books by becoming the first American-born player to score 30 goals for the Canadiens.

Pacioretty edged out Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson and Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul for the award.

Past Masterton Winners

2011   Ian Laperriere (Philadelphia)
2010   Jose Theodore (Washington)
2009   Steve Sullivan (Nashville)
2008   Jason Blake (Toronto)
2007   Phil Kessel (Boston)
2006   Teemu Selanne (Anaheim)

  1. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Sportsmanship my butt.

    • drewzducks - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I can’t believe he didn’t thank Z. Ungrateful prick.

  2. habsman - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I cannot believe you Bruin fans are ragging on poor Max. Don’t you realize he’s a white guy?

    BTW how’s the sucker punchers Horton and McQuaid doing?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      You talk like there’s no racists or cheap-shot artists in Montreal.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Why bother replying to his crap, seriously?

      • drewzducks - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      • drewzducks - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      • thesableo - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Sports websites can be a troll haven. People are already emotional/hyper-partisan. They can’t resist responding, one way or another. I’m with you though, his shtick is played-out.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    This guy is going to be a stud. Great guy, amazing work ethic.

  4. matthews4 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Punk Kid Subban and your talking about sucker-punching? The hypocrisy of classiness continues. Max is a great player, but he is a cry- baby without a cup.

  5. nepo784 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:47 AM


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