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Iginla gets Masterton nomination for toiling with Avs before trade

Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today Sports

Jarome Iginla has only appeared in 10 games for the Los Angeles Kings since a trade deadline deal, but it's from whence he came that earned him the team's Masterton Trophy nomination.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to a player who exhibits qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication during the regular season. For those on the Kings' beat, Iginla spending most of the year in the league's basement warranted some recognition.

From the Los Angeles branch of the PWHA:

Iginla spent 61 games of this season on the Colorado Avalanche - the worst team in the NHL - and never outwardly complained about the group's struggles. His teammates and coaches often praised how he pushed his 39-year-old body to compete every game and how he helped the Colorado's bevy of younger players.

Iginla has since recorded three goals and one assist for a Kings team unlikely to make the playoffs. And as he nears the end of his tremendous career, this is likely the last time he'll be nominated for a major NHL award - at least until the Hall of Fame comes calling.

Iginla gets Masterton nomination for toiling with Avs before trade
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