RALEIGH — It should come as no surprise that Rod Brind'Amour is the Carolina Hurricanes' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton is awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Brind'Amour's 20th year in the NHL has been perhaps his most trying. Injuries slowed him and limited his production, yet the Hurricanes' captain has fought through it and has played his best hockey of the season in the recent stretch run in the Canes' quest for a Stanley Cup playoff spot.
"It has been a tough year but it's not over," Brind'Amour said Tuesday. "If you make the playoffs, no one will remember anything about that; they'll remember the playoff run. We're trying to get in and I'm trying to do everything I can to help this team get in.
"Win the Stanley Cup and nobody remembers how many goals you scored that year or the other things that were going on. That's what it is all about."
The Hurricanes' Masterton nominee is chosen by the North Carolina chapter of the PHWA. Brind'Amour also was Carolina's nominee in 2004 and said Tuesday that it "means a lot" to be considered for such an award.
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