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Harding, Crosby, McQuaid announced as Masterton finalists

May 14, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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The NHL has announced that Minnesota Wild netminder Josh Harding, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid are the 2013 finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award is for “the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Before the 2013 campaign began, Harding revealed that he had multiple sclerosis, but he was determined to continue his NHL career. Harding posted a 24-save shutout in his first start following the announcement. When Niklas Backstrom suffered a sports hernia before the start of Game 1 of the first round, Harding was called into service and held his own against the Presidents’ Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Crosby had been limited to just 63 games in his previous two campaigns due to concussion problems, but he came back with a vengeance in 2013, scoring 15 goals and 56 points in 36 games. He’s also a finalist for the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award despite missing the final month of the regular season due to a broken jaw.

McQuaid wasn’t expected to play in 2013 after undergoing two surgeries due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He needed to have blood clots removed from his arm and had a rib taken out. He had the operations in September and started skating just two months later. He was in the Bruins’ lineup for their season opener on Jan. 19.

  1. rca26 - May 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Harding is one of the best candidates for this award ever. He got a diagnosis that would have devastated anyone, but still busted his tail all year despite some related setbacks and found himself starting a few playoff games. Respect.

    • miketoasty - May 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      As a Penguins fan I 100% agree with you, I love Crosby, and his work effort and willingness to work to get back on the ice, but this is truly a great story and deserves recognition.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Harding. I hereby declare the voting closed.

  2. sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    First off I am a huge Crosby fan and his work ethic plus what he has accomplished after all his injuries is amazing. That being said this is Harding’s award. I don’t really care about any awards other then the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, and Stanley cup (all of which are not voted on by media) However if Harding doesn’t win this ill be really disappointed.

  3. lallin66fan - May 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I’m a Pens fan, but I still think Josh Harding deserves it more than Crosby.

    • mathieug79 - May 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Who said Crosby should win this?? Every awards need at least 3 players nominated, but this award has Josh Harding’s name already on it! So being a Pens fan is irrelevant.

  4. chicagobtech - May 14, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    McQuaid. Take out a rib, and not one of the lower half ribs, and be on the ice two months later? If that’s not the personification of the Bill Masterton then I don’t know what is. Yes, I know Harding has MS, and yes I know how bad it gets. But it’s still a degenerative disease, the symptoms are still very treatable at this stage of the disease. It may take a little time to get the medication issues worked out (as shown by his availability this season), but it can be done.

    • mathieug79 - May 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      MS Life expectancy of people with MS is 5 to 10 years. Some people heal better than other, and McQuaid did. Why would someone that heals quicker get the Bill Masterton? Josh Harding has a Life-threatening disease that attacks the Brain and Spinal Cords…..Josh should get it hands down!!

      • chicagobtech - May 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        People with MS do not have a life expectancy of five to ten years, they have a life expectancy that’s five to ten years shorter than a person without it. 2010 life expectancy in the US was 78.7 years, so a person with MS would be expected to average out to 68.7-73.7 years.

  5. colossal87 - May 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Crosby is guaranteed to win this so lets move onto the next soupy story.

  6. steelpenbucs87 - May 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Harding all the way. Sid’s comeback from concussions and a broken jaw is admirable, but there has never been a more deserving winner of this award than Harding.

  7. bronxsanman - May 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Crosby? Really? I didn’t realize whining and diving were new criterias this year. I also heard bettman’s trying to get him nominated for the SY Young award.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      I love comments like yours, so insightful (please read with sarcasm). First off the only player charged with a dive in the series versus the islanders was a islander. Second did you hear ovechkin whine about how the officiating was rigged in his series, but continue to talk about Crosby being a whiner and diver.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      WTF is SY Young? If you’re going to be sarcastic and reference an award from another sport, then get it right!

  8. billyhauntswizards - May 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says, if Josh Harding doesn’t win this award, it’s rigged.

  9. colossal87 - May 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Just got done Mastertoning to the thought of sid

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Take your 30+ profiles and leave. Please.

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Not gonna lie, I laughed

  10. ras1tafari - May 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    The annual BJ of Sidney Crosby makes me sick. There are plenty of deserving players out there, but let’s just celebrate the wonder of Sidney.

  11. mcmurphy22 - May 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Huge Quaid fan, most years he’d have a really good bid here. But to not give this to Harding is robbery.

  12. mclovinhockey - May 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Harding is an inspiration!!! Must win.

  13. sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    He’s not the only one who dislikes you brah. The majority of pens fans on here (excluding the other accounts you have) feel the same. GO AWAY!!!

  14. rehmer2389 - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Crosby and sportsmanship in the same sentence? I have to chuckle a bit hearing that

  15. myroncopesflask - May 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Huge Pens fan but how can anybody not vote for Harding. I’m not just pulling for him to win this award I going to root for this guy for the rest of his life.

  16. pastabelly - May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    The thing I like about McQuaid (not that he got rid of that mullet) is that you would never know he had that rib problem. He never talks about it. He just fights a lot less. Sorry, I don’t know enough about Harding to comment. Just wanted plug McQuaid.

  17. floridagameshow - May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I’m happy to see McQuaid get nominated, but this should go to Harding hands down. MS is a horrible disease to deal with.

  18. hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    It’s pretty awful that people are trying to one-up player’s afflictions on here

  19. Stiller43 - May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    As a pens fan, theres only one option here, and thats harding.

  20. bronxsanman - May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Sorry grammar police d-bag

  21. letsgopens8771 - May 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Big Crosby fan here, but I think Harding should be the winner.

  22. ndrick731 - May 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Is there anything Crosby is not going to be nominated for. I’m surprised he wasn’t nominated for the Vezina Trophy.

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