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Dubnyk, Hammond Voted Masterton Finalists

Dubnyk, Hammond Voted Masterton Finalists

Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk and Ottawa netminder Andrew Hammond have been named as Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy finalists – along with Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang.

Dubnyk1After a torrid 2013/14 campaign, in which he was traded twice and finished the season in the AHL, Regina native Dubnyk signed a 1-year deal with Arizona last summer.

Working with Stephen Valiquette and then Coyotes Goaltending Coach Sean Burke, Dubnyk rebuilt his confidence and went 9-5-2 with the struggling franchise, posting a .916 save percentage and 2.72 GAA, before being traded to Minnesota in January.

The 6’6″ stopper seemed to instantly mesh with the Wild defence, and went on to start a franchise record 38 straight games as the club moved from 12th to 7th in the West – securing a third straight post season berth.

Dubnyk’s incredible run with the Wild saw him post a .936 save percentage and 1.78 GAA as he assembled a 27-9-2 record in St. Paul – earning him a Vezina Trophy nomination in the process.

Hammond1Andrew Hammond’s season debut did not come until February 18th, but the 27-year old’s magical run helped Ottawa over turn a 9 point deficit to claim a wild card spot in the 2015 playoffs.

Dubbed ‘The Hamburlgar’, in part due to his fun mask design, Hammond went 20-1-2 down the stretch, becoming the first goalie to allow two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 career starts since Bruins goaltender Frank Brimsek in 1938/39.

The White Rock, BC native also became the second goaltender in League history to earn at least one point in each of his first 15 starts thanks to his 14-0-1 record, matching Patrick Lalime’s effort with Pittsburgh in 1996/97.

There was also a possibility that Chicago’s Scott Darling would be nominated for the award, but he was left off this year’s list. Darling toiled in the SPHL while struggling to overcome an alcohol addiction before he won the backup job with the Blackhawks this season.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).