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NHL announces Masterton Trophy finalists

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Picking just three finalists out of a surprisingly high number of viable candidates this year, the NHL announced that Nashville's Steve Sullivan, Florida's Richard Zednik, and Detroit's Chris Chelios are in the running for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."


Steve Sullivan

#26 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

5-9

165

Jul 06, 1974



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Steve Sullivan 41 11 21 32 2 30 3 0 2 0 83 13.3

Returned as a dynamic offensive force after missing nearly two years due to a back injury and subsequent surgeries.


Richard Zednik

#20 / Left Wing / Florida Panthers

6-0

200

Jan 06, 1976



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Richard Zednik 70 17 16 33 2 46 3 0 4 0 153 11.1

Came back this season after nearly losing his life when a skate blade cut his carotid artery in a game on February 28, 2008.


Chris Chelios

#24 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings

6-0

191

Jan 25, 1962



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Chris Chelios 28 0 0 0 1 18 0 0 0 0 14 0.0

As the "cranky old man" of the NHL, Chelios is the 2nd-oldest player in the history of the league, behind the legendary Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey would probably suit up again if he thought Chelios had a shot at unseating him.