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Canadiens goalie Mike Condon nominated for Bill Masterton award

In this file photo, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon keeps an eye on the play during an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Montreal, Thursday, March 10, 2016. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens goaltender, Mike Condon, was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded each year to the player who shows the most determination and sportsmanship.

Condon, 25, is capping off his first season in the NHL with the Canadiens, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The American-born player perfected his skills in the ECHL and the AHL for three seasons before making the jump to the NHL this season where he leads rookie goaltenders in wins (18), saves (1181) and minutes played (2826).

Condon, who has been standing in for injured goalie Carey Price, will be up against 29 other players in the league vying for the award.

Only five other Habs players have ever received the coveted prize including Max Pacioretty, Saku Koivu, Serge Savard, Henri Richard and Claude Provost.

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The trophy was first awarded in 1968 in memory of Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died Jan. 15, 1968, after being injured on the ice during an NHL game.

 

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