The annual award honors the player who best exemplifies
"perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
Alfredsson returned from offseason back surgery for his 16th
season, helping the surprising Senators make the playoffs. Lupul's
career was threatened in 2010 by two back operations and a blood
infection. This is the most productive of his eight seasons.
Pacioretty returned this season from a gruesome injury when checked
into a stanchion.
The trophy commemorates Bill Masterton, a former Minnesota North
Star who died in 1968.