Wild's Dubnyk Earns Masterton Award Nomination

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk makes a save in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. Minnesota won 2-1 in a shootout. Photo: Photo: AP / Paul Bereswill
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk makes a save in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. Minnesota won 2-1 in a shootout.

April 02, 2015 02:30 PM

He's already been the savior of the Minnesota Wild's season, now Devan Dubnyk is the team's nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

The award - officially named the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy, is given each year to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."   It's often awarded in the same manner other leagues present a "Comeback Player of the Year" award.

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Dubnyk's nomination came from the Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The league-wide membership of the PHWA votes on the winner at the end of the season.

Wild goalie Josh Harding won the Masterton Award in 2013 after returning to play after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Harding's win was the first time a Wild player had ever won an annual league-wide trophy.

Dubnyk, 28 (5/4/86), is 35-11-3 with a 2.05 goals-against average (GAA), a .930 save percentage (SV%) and six shutouts in 53 games this season. He ranks second in the NHL in GAA and SV%, tied for fourth in shutouts and sixth in wins. Since being acquired by Minnesota from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14, Dubnyk is 26-6-1 with a 1.70 GAA, .939 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in 34 straight starts. He leads the NHL in wins and is second in shutouts since Jan. 15 and has set new career highs in games played, wins, shutouts and assists (two) this season. Dubnyk went 9-5-2 with a 2.72 GAA, a .916 SV% and one shutout in 19 games with Arizona before the trade.

Material provided by the Minnesota Wild was used in this report

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