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Smith Nominated for Masterton Trophy

Friday, 03.16.2012 / 10:45 AM MT / Features
By Dave Vest
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Smith Nominated for Masterton Trophy
GLENDALE -- The Phoenix chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has nominated Coyotes goalie Mike Smith for the 2012 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Mike Smith
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition.

Smith, formerly a backup goalie, has revived his career with the Coyotes this season as the team's starting goalie, and his performance is a key reason why Phoenix is in playoff contention with 10 games to go.

Smith, who signed with Phoenix last summer after spending part of the 2010-11 season in the American Hockey League, already has set career highs in games played, wins and shutouts, and he has a chance to establish a personal best in goals-against average.

"I knew 'Smitty' would come in and be a good player for us," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett recently told "I just had a feeling that he was ready to take that next step."

In February, Smith allowed just 16 goals in 11 wins – a 1.42 goals-against average – and stopped 315 of 331 shots, a .952 save percentage. As a result, the NHL named him its No. 1 Star of the month.

The winner of the Masterton Trophy will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us