The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider is their nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
From the Rangers release:
The New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced today that Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been selected as the team's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2017-18. The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
Kreider has skated in 52 games with the Rangers this season, registering 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points, along with a plus-five rating and 40 penalty minutes. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm following the Rangers' game on Dec. 27, 2017 vs. Washington, and he underwent rib resection surgery on Jan. 7, 2018. After missing 24 games due to injury, Kreider returned to the Rangers' lineup on Feb. 23, 2018 vs. Minnesota, and he has registered 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 15 games since returning to the lineup. In addition, he has worn an 'A' and has served as one of the Rangers' alternate captains in each of the last four games, dating back to Mar. 20, 2018 vs. Columbus.
The Boxford, Massachusetts, native has skated in 375 career NHL regular season games, all with the Rangers, registering 104 goals and 114 assists for 218 points, along with a plus-58 rating and 322 penalty minutes. Kreider was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.