Corey Crawford is the Chicago Blackhawks’ nominee for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The last Blackhawks’ player to win the award was Pit Martin in 1970.
Corey Crawford had another interesting season, a year where he stayed healthy, after two rough seasons, ended by injury. The Chicago Blackhawks were 16-20-3 with Crawford in net, not ideal for a starting goalie in the playoffs.
Crawford has improved though, winning five of his last seven games, giving up just four goals in those two losses combined.
For those who don’t know what the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is, the trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport.
This is an award that is well deserved for Crawford, as I believe he doesn’t get the league-wide respect he deserves. With how well Crawford has played since Robin Lehner, ‘last years winner’ was traded, he’s shown great perseverance.
I give him credit for the amount of perseverance he’s shown after two seasons back-to-back that was poorly affected by concussions, something that has worried fans ever since.
Crawford has a solid chance to win this award, along with a solid chance to have at least one more deep playoff run. Let’s see what happens.