Masterton Trophy Finalists: Anderson vs. Cogliano vs. Ryan

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks, and Derek Ryan of the Carolina Hurricanes are the finalists for the 2016-17 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. It is awarded “to the player who best
exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to

Local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submit their nomination for the award at the end of each season. The members of the PHWA vote on the three finalists.

Who is taking home the Masterton Trophy this year?

Why Craig Anderson Deserves The Masterton

From the NHL:

Anderson recorded a successful season for the Senators while supporting his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against a rare form of throat cancer. After leaving the Senators in October to be with Nicholle, Anderson returned to the club at her urging on Oct. 29 when the Senators lost goaltender Andrew Hammond to a groin injury. He left the team in early December to be at Nicholle’s side while she underwent treatment and came back after the All-Star break. Anderson backstopped the Senators to a Stanley Cup Playoff berth by winning 25 of his 40 starts, surpassed the 500 career game milestone and, on March 11, became the Senators’ all-time wins leader (147).

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Craig Anderson takes leave to be with wife

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken personal leave to be with his wife Nicholle as she continues her fight against cancer.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen first reported the news, listing Anderson out as ‘indefinitely.’ The Ottawa Senators released a tweet confirming Anderson would not be available on Thursday for the team’s game against Philadelphia.


In Anderson’s absence, the team will have Mike Condon and Andrew Hammond available in net.

Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in October. She is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

This will be the fourth game Anderson has taken leave from to be with his wife. No one will fault him for wanting to do so.

Despite having so much going on off the ice, Anderson has been a steadying force for the Senators in net accumulating a 12-5-1 record thus far. This past week, he was named one of the NHL’s ‘Three Stars of the Week’ after going 4-0-0 in his starts. It was the second time this season he’s received the recognition.

We wish the Andersons the best as they continue to kick cancer’s ass.