Malhotra named finalist for NHL's Masterton Trophy
Posted April 30, 2014
Carolina Hurricanes alternate captain Manny Malhotra has been named a finalist for the 2013-14 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the team announced Wednesday.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. New Jersey forward Jaromir Jagr and New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore were also finalists.
The center signed with the Hurricanes on Oct. 31 and resumed a career that was put in doubt because of an eye injury.
"Starting last season, when I was told I was being shut down to this point has been a real roller coaster ride for me," said Malhotra. "Last summer not having any idea if the opportunity to play in the NHL would rise again or if my reputation health wise had been damaged too much, but for the Hurricanes to bring me back and be a part of a team again was an amazing feeling."
Malhotra, 33, finished the season with seven goals and six assists. He won a team-best 59.4 percent of his faceoffs in 69 games with the Hurricanes.
"Over the summer when no opportunities, tryouts came up, that thought crept up 'What if my last games have been played?'," said Malhotra. "I grew incredibly as a person in terms of perseverance, in terms of trying to get back to the place I wanted to be and setting goals for myself."
The Masterton Trophy winner will be announced on June 24 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.