Dallas Stars: Joffrey Lupul

Masterton Trophy Finalists

April, 24, 2012
The NHL has announced the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, which goes to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." This year's finalists are Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto's Joffrey Lupul and Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

One player is nominated from each NHL team. Kari Lehtonen was the Stars' nominee.

Here's the NHL release on the three finalists:
Right wing Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, left wing Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs and left wing Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

The local chapters of the PHWA submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators

The NHL’s longest-serving captain (1999-2000), Alfredsson returned from off-season back surgery for his 16th NHL campaign and was a key contributor to the Senators’ successful Stanley Cup Playoff drive.
Alfredsson was the leading vote-getter among NHL forwards in All-Star balloting, selected by his peers as an All-Star captain and the recipient of a thunderous standing ovation from hometown fans at Scotiabank Place following his two-goal outburst against Team Chara. Alfredsson finished the season with 59 points—27 goals, including the 400th regular-season goal of his career, and 32 assists.

Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs

Returning to health after his career had been threatened in 2010 by two back surgeries and a blood infection, Lupul earned a spot on the Maple Leafs’ top line and enjoyed the most productive season of his eight-year NHL career. Teaming with wing Phil Kessel to form the highest-scoring duo in the NHL, Lupul did not go more than one game without a point until January and was selected as assistant captain for Team Chara at the NHL All-Star Game. He notched a career-high 67 points in 66 games before a shoulder injury ended his season in early March.

Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Pacioretty returned to action this season after missing the team’s last 15 regular-season games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2010-11 due to injuries suffered on March 8, 2011 against Boston. The 23-year-old left wing set single-season career highs in goals (33), assists (32), points (65), game-winning goals (five) and shots on goal (286). His 29 even-strength goals ranked fourth in the League. On March 8 at Edmonton, the New Canaan, Connecticut native became the first U.S.-born player in Canadiens history to notch 30 goals in a season.

Jamie Benn the NHL's first star of the week

January, 9, 2012
FRISCO -- Stars forward Jamie Benn was named the NHL's first star of the week after putting up 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in three games.

"It's a nice honor," Benn said after Monday's practice. "I had a good week and the biggest part is we got three out four wins."

Here's the press release from the NHL:

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 8.


Benn sparked the Dallas offense with seven points (four goals, three assists), tallying multiple points in each of his appearances, as the Stars (23-16-1) won two of three starts. He notched a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 3, tallied one goal and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Jan. 5 and scored two goals, including his fourth game-winner of the season, in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 7. Playing in his third NHL season, Benn has recorded points in 10 of his past 11 games and leads the Stars in scoring with 13-28--41 in 40 contests. The 22-year old Victoria, B.C. native has matched the output of his rookie season two years ago and his 82-point pace would shatter his career high of 56, set last season.


Lupul notched seven points last week (two goals, five assists), helping the Maple Leafs (21-15-5) post three consecutive victories. Lupul began the week with one goal and three assists, including the 300th point of his NHL career, in a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 3. He became the fifth player from the 2002 NHL Draft class to reach the 300-point milestone, joining Rick Nash, Alex Semin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Jarret Stoll. Lupul went on to record one assist in a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 5 and tally the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 7. Lupul increased his season points total to 47 (19 goals, 28 assists), ranking second on the Maple Leafs behind Phil Kessel and fourth in the NHL overall.


Anderson posted a 3-0-1 record, 2.41 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in four appearances last week as the Senators (22-15-6) climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Anderson started the week by making 27 saves and tallying his fourth assist of the season -- tops among NHL goaltenders -- in a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 2. He turned aside 35 of 36 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 5, stopped 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 7 and blocked 33 more in a 6-4 win over Philadelphia Jan. 8. Anderson improved his season record to 20-12-4 with a 3.13 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He leads all NHL goaltenders in games (38), shots faced (1,120) and saves (1,010).