Lehner, Foligno and Thornton Finalists at Bill-Masterton Trophy
Goaltender Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and strikers Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks are the finalists for the Bill-Masterton Trophy awarded to the player has best demonstrated the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Locals from the Association of Professional Hockey Chroniclers selected each team’s nominees at the end of the regular season and the three players who received the most votes were named finalists.
The winner’s identity will be unveiled at the NHL Gala on June 19 in Las Vegas.
Lehner and his teammate Thomas Greiss won the William M. Jennings Trophy this season after helping the Islanders dominate the NHL in terms of goals. The Islanders took advantage of their work to accumulate their highest total of points (103) since the 1983-84 season. Lehner posted a record of 25-13-5 with an average of 2.13, an efficiency rating of .930 and six shutouts.
He had his best career season after unveiling his addiction and mental health issues in an article for The Athletic in September.
For her part, Foligno helped the Blue Jackets qualify for the playoffs for a third season in a row by collecting 35 points in 73 games while caring for her three children, two of whom have health problems. Foligno, 31, is the captain of the Blue Jackets.
After seven seasons with the Blue Jackets, Foligno is third in team history for goals (125) and assists (162).
Finally, Thornton had 51 points in 73 games in his 21 st season in the NHL at age 39 and after suffering serious knee ligament tears in the previous two seasons. His re-education efforts served as inspiration for his teammates and coaches.
Leader among active players in the NHL for aid and career into points (413 goals, 1,065 aids and 1478 points in 1566 games), Thornton helped the Sharks to qualify for the playoffs for the 14 th time in their last 15 seasons.