March 28, 2016 11:51 am

Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien nominated for Bill Masterton Trophy

Dustin Byfuglien has been named the Winnipeg Jets nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

John Woods / The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien will be among those in the running for the NHL’s Bill Masterton Trophy.

Byfuglien was nominated by the Winnipeg chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association for the annual award. The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded to a player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and a dedication to hockey.

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The 31-year-old is currently ranked fifth among all league defencemen with 17 goals. He also leads the Jets in average ice time, hits and takeaways plus is tied for the most power play points.

Byfuglien has been named to the NHL All-Star Game in each of the last four seasons its been played. He was also selected to represent the USA in September’s World Cup of Hockey.

Byfuglien has played 671 games during his 11 seasons in the NHL including 411 matches in his six years with the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers organization. He has a career total of 150 goals, 239 assists and 778 penalty minutes.

The Bill Masterton Trophy will be handed out during the NHL awards ceremony in June.

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