Defenseman Michal Kempny was announced as the Washington Capitals’ Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee Tuesday morning, as voted by the Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The trophy is named after Bill Masterton, the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game.
The winner of the trophy is selected by the PHWA after one player from each NHL team is nominated. The winners are often players who have come back from debilitating or career-threatening injuries.