Since the 2019-20 NHL regular season is technically over, it's time to start thinking about award winners.
The Professional Hockey Writers' Association unveiled their nominees for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
Among those nominated were Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators, Jay Bouwmeester of the St. Louis Blues and Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Representing the NHL's other Canadian teams, Mark Giordano was voted the Calgary Flames nominee for the second straight year, Connor McDavid was nominated for the Edmonton Oilers, Shea Weber for the Montreal Canadiens, Zach Hyman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jacob Markstrom for the Vancouver Canucks and Mark Letestu for the Winnipeg Jets.
"It's pretty special to be nominated," Giordano told the Flames website. "I took a look at the list of the past winners and it's a cool group to be a part of. You look at those guys and a lot of them have been through different things through their life and persevered. To be mentioned and nominated is awesome."
Robin Lehner, then with the New York Islanders, took home last year's award.
The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association proudly announces chapters’ nominees for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: pic.twitter.com/EpBQDoMhe5— PHWA (@ThePHWA) June 9, 2020
Here is the full list of nominees for 2019-20:
Anaheim Ducks - Ryan Miller
Arizona Coyotes - Conor Garland
Boston Bruins - Kevan Miller
Buffalo Sabres - Curtis Lazar
Calgary Flames - Mark Giordano
Chicago Blackhawks - Corey Crawford
Colorado Avalanche - Ryan Graves
Columbus Blue Jackets - Nathan Gerbe
Dallas Stars - Stephen Johns
Detroit Red Wings - Robby Fabbri
Edmonton Oilers - Connor McDavid
Florida Panthers - Noel Acciari
Los Angeles Kings - Jonathan Quick
Minnesota Wild - Alex Stalock
Montreal Canadiens - Shea Weber
Nashville Predators - Jarred Tinordi
New Jersey Devils - Travis Zajac
New York Rangers - Henrik Lundqvist
Ottawa Senators - Bobby Ryan
Philadelphia Flyers - Oskar Lindblom
Pittsburgh Penguins - Evgeni Malkin
San Jose Sharks - Joe Thornton
Tampa Bay Lightning - Alex Killorn
Toronto Maple Leafs - Zach Hyman
Vancouver Canucks - Jacob Markstrom
Vegas Golden Knights - Shea Theodore
Washington Capitals - Michal Kempny
Winnipeg Jets - Mark Letestu