The Winnipeg Chapter Of the Professional Hockey Writers Association have named Dustin Byfuglien the Jets Nominee for the Masterton Trophy. The award goes to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication and the winner will be named in a league wide vote of the Professional Hockey Writers Association after the completion of the regular season.
Byfuglien turned 31 years old earlier this month and is playing his 6th of 11 NHL seasons with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise. He leads the Jets in average ice time (24:59) as well as hits (200), takeaways (65), and is tied for the team lead in power play points with 3-13-16. Byfuglien is fifth among NHL defencemen with 17 goals and is 13th in overall scoring for blue liners with 45 points.
He has been named the Thrashers/Jets All Star Representative in each of the last 4 years the game has been played (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) and was also among the first wave of players selected to Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey to be played this September in Toronto.