Forwards Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers were named the three finalists for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey," the league announced Sunday.
The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists.
The winner will be announced June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards.
Dupuis rejoined the Penguins after nearly a year of rehabilitation, training, medical testing and monitoring in caring for multiple injuries and blood clot concerns. He appeared in 18 games before a pair of medical scares convinced him to retire. Dupuis remains with the Penguins to provide feedback to coaches and players.
The 44-year-old Jagr helped lead the Panthers to franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) while capturing their second division title. In his 22nd NHL season, Jagr led the Panthers in scoring with 27 goals and 39 assists, becoming the oldest player in League history to surpass the 60-point plateau.
Zuccarello returned to action in 2015-16 after suffering a serious head injury during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Zuccarello missed the Rangers' final 14 postseason games last year after being struck in the head by a slap shot in a game against Pittsburgh. He played in 81 games this season and established career highs in games played, goals (26), points (61) and power-play goals (seven).