Bruins captain is the Bruins nominee for the Masterton Trophy this season. According to Wikipedia, “The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” While these are the criteria, it typically is awarded to a player that overcame a hardship to return to playing hockey, like last year’s winner, Brian Boyle who came back after being treated for a bone marrow cancer that was diagnosed early in the season.
While there is no doubt that Chara exemplifies these qualities, why should he win?
“With almost 1,500 games under his belt and at 42 years of age while still playing as a top defenseman, nobody in the NHL personifies dedication and perseverance to the game quite like Zdeno Chara,” said PHWA Boston Chapter Chairman Joe Haggerty. “He’s the consummate leader, a fierce competitor and somebody that commands respect from everybody on and off the ice. Chara has been dedicated to the game of hockey for his 20 plus year NHL career and that – along with his many on-ice accomplishments and off-ice charitable endeavors – makes him a quality choice by the Boston Chapter of the PHWA.”
Right. These words ring hollow from the man who suggested back in 2015 that Chara would soon retire and sell real estate after studying and getting a probational license. apparently, Chara should win because he’s old and still playing at a high level.
I’m not saying he’ll win nor that he shouldn’t win it’s just a reaction to Haggs nominating him that makes me recoil.
Ah, well. Happy weekend!