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Numminen Nominated For Masterton Trophy

Wednesday, 04.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Numminen Nominated For Masterton Trophy

April 4, 2007

The Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen as its nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded each year for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.

Numminen has undergone multiple surgeries to correct heart abnormalities and this season broke the NHL record for most games played by European-trained player. On Nov. 13, Numminen played his 1,252nd game to break the mark set by Hall of Famer Jarri Kurri.

Now with more than 1,300 games played, Numminen has recorded more than 600 points for the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Sabres. The former Coyotes captain still holds franchise records in games, defenseman goals and defenseman assists.

The three-time All-Star and four-time Finnish Olympian was named Buffalo's lone alternate captain this season. Through 76 games, he had two goals and 25 assists, ranking him second in points among Sabres defensemen behind All-Star Brian Campbell.

Numminen has had a heart murmur since childhood and was diagnosed with a dilated aorta late in 2003-04 while playing for the Stars. He underwent heart surgery during the lockout.

In the first round of the 2006 playoffs with the Sabres, Numminen experienced an irregular heartbeat, missing part of one game and all of another. He underwent another operation on his heart over the summer.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the PHWA and is given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected by a poll of all 30 PHWA chapters. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the honoree.

The award was created to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury suffered during a game.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82