Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The award is given to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
Cogliano has nine goals and 27 points and a plus-3 defensive rating while playing in all 75 games this season. In fact, his streak of 697 consecutive games played is the longest by an active player in the NHL and the sixth-longest in league history. He is a three-time Masterton nominee by the Anaheim chapter of the PHWA.
“The streak is great, but the way he handles himself as a professional is outstanding,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I’ve never seen anything like it from any other player I’ve been associated with. He does the right things for his body, puts the right food in it. He rests when he’s supposed to rest. He works out diligently every day, and that’s one of the reasons he has this streak going. He works out very hard. I don’t think people realize how tough he is.
“Last night (a 2-1 victory Monday over the Edmonton Oilers), he gets hit in the head (in a collision with teammate Jakob Silfverberg) and he’s down and he doesn’t miss a shift. He shakes it off. Other than that, for the Masterton, he’s just a really good person and does a lot of community stuff and will sit and talk with anybody.
“To me, he’s just the perfect candidate.”