St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen skates for the bench during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 19, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 26: Alex Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on February 26, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images) By Ben Nelms
(HockeySTL) -- Friday, the Blues announced forward Alexander Steen received the local nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
Steen was selected by the St. Louis chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) and is one of the 30 players, one from each NHL club, nominated for the award.
The Masterton Trophy is an annual award given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Each NHL club has a member of its team nominated by its respected chapter of the PWHA. One winner is selected from a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season.
Steen, 30, is in the midst of a career year in which he has netted a career-high 33 goals and set a career-high with 60 points. He is the Blues’ scoring leader and recently made history by becoming a part of just the third father-son duo to score 30 goals in a season. Steen’s father, Thomas Steen, tallied 30 goals in the 1984-85 campaign.
Steen signed a three-year, $17.4 million contract with the Blues earlier this season. Since arriving in a trade during the 2008-09 season, Steen has quietly taken on the role as one of the Blues’, and one of the NHL’s best all-around forwards. He has tallied 96 goals and 237 points in five seasons with St. Loui,s and has taken the form of a humble and dedicated player.
Steen has had to battle multiple concussions over the last few seasons, including one this year that sidelined him for 11 games. But the forward has learned to deal with the symptoms and battle back each time.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott was nominated for the Masterton last season, but the trophy went to Minnesota’s Josh Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Blues have had two past Masterton Trophy winners. Most recently, Jamie McLennan, who is now a hockey analyst for multiple television networks, won the award in 1997-98. McLennan overcame bacterial meningitis that season. The franchise's other Masterton Trophy winner was Blake Dunlop, who received the award for perseverance in the 1980-81 season.