Malhotra Named a Finalist for Masterton Trophy
Winner to be announced June 24 at NHL Awards in Las Vegas
The Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) named Malhotra as its nominee for Masterton Trophy earlier this month. The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner.
Malhotra, 33, finished the 2013-14 season with a seven goals, six assists (13 points) and a team-best, and NHL second-best, 59.4 percent faceoff-win percentage in 69 games played with Carolina. The veteran center began the 2013-14 season on a professional tryout contract with the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, before signing a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on Oct. 31.
Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Malhotra has scored 115 goals and earned 176 assists in 933 career regular-season games with the Rangers, Dallas, Columbus, San Jose, Vancouver and Carolina. He is consistently one of the league’s best faceoff men, having finished the season ranked in the top six in the league six times since 2005-06, including three second-place finishes. Malhotra has led his teams in faceoff-win percentage in each of his last nine full seasons.
The PHWA presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. He died Jan. 15, 1968.