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Patrick Maroon Nominated for the Masterton Trophy

Today it was announced that Edmonton Oiler fan favourite, Pat Maroon is the Oilers nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Big Rig was selected as a nominee for the award by the Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and for that we salute him.

Pat Maroon is having the best season of his NHL career so far and is definitely deserving of some recognition for the work he’s put into making it happen. After being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 4th round pick and Martin Gernat (WITH SALARY RETAINED!), Maroon seems to have found a match made in heaven with the Oilers. In Anaheim, Maroon was playing lower in the lineup and not getting much traction but that all changed when he landed in the Y-E-G. In 90 games with Edmonton so far, the Big Rig has already amassed 33 goals and 20 assists for 53 points.

To put that into perspective, those 53 points account for 40% of his production at the NHL level in 31% of his total games played. That kind of spike in production seems hard to believe but we’re watching it happen. To say that Maroon is making the best of his opportunity in Edmonton would be the understatement of the century. Not only is he making the most of his time here but he’s turned himself into a fan favourite that is impossible not to cheer for in addition to being a monster on the ice. That’s a solid return for a guy that was acquired for a pick and a prospect that was never going to play for the Oilers anyway.

Back to the Masterton…

In case you’re wondering what the Masterton is, it is the NHL’s award for perseverance and dedication to hockey, something Pat Maroon has shown through his dedication to his teammates and his willingness to improve himself. While we don’t know how Maroon will stack up against the other nominees it’s safe to say that no one around these parts will likely argue the merit of his nomination. Whether he wins or not, it’s nice that the big man is getting a little bit of love for the amazing season he’s having and I couldn’t be more pumped for him.

Pat Maroon, we speak your name. Congrats, big man. You deserve it.

 

  • Hemmercules

    Patty has quickly become one of my favourite oilers. Emotional dad, fights anyone, scores big goals. What a great move by chia to bring him in. No he will win the masterson but congrats to him on the nomination.

  • The older I get, the better I was...

    And to explain more about the award here’s some background on Bill Masterton:

    William John “Bill” Masterton (August 13, 1938 – January 15, 1968) was a Canadian–American professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota North Stars in 1967–68. He is the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game, the result of massive head injuries suffered following a hit during a January 13, 1968, contest against the Oakland Seals.
    A college standout with the Denver Pioneers, Masterton was a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship teams in 1960 and 1961, was twice an NCAA All-Star and was the most valuable player of the 1961 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. He briefly played in the Montreal Canadiens organization before settling in Minnesota where he played senior hockey. The NHL’s 1967 expansion offered an opportunity to play for the newly founded North Stars, for whom he scored the first goal in the franchise’s history.
    Masterton’s death sparked a long-running debate in hockey about the merits of wearing helmets, as few NHL players did so in that time. Despite several efforts to mandate their use, it was 11 years before the NHL made them compulsory for all new players beginning in the 1979–80 season. In his memory, the NHL created the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which it has awarded since 1968 to a player who demonstrates perseverance and dedication to hockey. The North Stars retired his jersey number 19, an honour that followed the franchise when it later relocated to Dallas, Texas.

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Love it! Good on ya Big Rig. Hope that he wins but even just being nominated is awesome. The team wouldn’t be the same without him.

    But I second the folks saying that Kassian would have been a good nominee too.

    Goes to show how much has changed and how much heart the new regime has brought in. It’s these types of guys we’ve been missing for a decade while instead we got to put up with the Whitneys of the league….