Devante Smith-Pelly is the Capitals nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The news was announced by the Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association Tuesday morning. Brett Connolly was the team’s honoree last season.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded every year to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The award was named after Bill Masterton, who is the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game.