Crawford Named Chicago’s Nominee For The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

On Tuesday morning the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association announced the team nominees for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Corey Crawford is the nominee for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Crawford, 35, appeared in 40 of the Hawks’ 70 regular season games. After two years of concussion issues, this season marked the first time since the 2016-17 season that Crawford appeared in 40 games.

The last Blackhawks player to win the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was Bryan Berard in 2004. The only other Chicago player to win the trophy was Pit Martin in 1970.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.” Bill Masterton, the namesake of the trophy, is the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game.

Robin Lehner won the award last year after his season with the New York Islanders.

29 thoughts on “Crawford Named Chicago’s Nominee For The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

  • June 9, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Well deserved, great nominee, hopefully he gets some lacking league wide respect with this award.

  • June 9, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Of course Craw deserved the nominee but he will not win the Masterton because he never had the total respect from the NHL and the NHL fans and journalists ….very lucky we had this guy in 13 and 15 for those two Stanley cup.i remember when he came with the cup in His home town Chateauguay beside Montreal.
    He came back this year and maybe …maybe he can make a big difference in the first round against the Oilers. Never know ..but he can change a serie in a few games and we saw him do it before.Hope we can sign him for a 3millions / year for a 2 years deal .stil a number one goalie.

  • June 9, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Word is Colorado had interest in Crawford at the deadline and Crawford would have waved his no trade contract to sign a two year deal with Colorado.
    Crawford was not asked by Bowman to wave his no trade contract.

  • June 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm


    Was that in a media report somewhere or something you heard?

  • June 9, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    @ HEIDI
    Not in the media….I was talking to a relative of Crawford.
    I was told Chicago and Crawford have not been talking contract at all. Crawford wants a two year deal and does not want to be the backup.

  • June 10, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Rfd., award winners

    Brandon Hagel Mvp and Rookie of Year
    Lucas Carlsson Top Dman
    Matt Tomkins Unsung
    Mackenzie Entwistle Most Improved
    Colin Delia Man of the Year

  • June 10, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Crow bought a house in COL in think a couple yrs ago.

    When he first got kneed in the head on purpose by the classless Malkin.

  • June 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I also know a woman (her boyfriend owns-runs a rink in Crows home town Chateauguay) who knows Crows family and she asked his dad when we first got kneed in head and his dad said he wasnt fully ready when he came back/that they-org wanted him to come back before he even did.

    So the house the woman I know and people Stape knows sounds right as an option.

  • June 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm


    I don’t blame Crow one bit. This last season, he played well and he didn’t make any waves publically about his playing time. I don’t blame him for wanting to start.

    Side note to this. Who is goalie that is going to take away his starting job. I don’t see anyone in Rockford and I think Hawks burned the bridge of re signing Lehner.

  • June 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    With Grubauer under contract next year and seemingly no. 1 and Fancruz resigned for 2 more years, seems unlikely that Crawford signs with Avs. Any interest the Avs showed at tdl was likely because Grubauer was on ir at that point, not likely as a starting goalie for next season. It has been assumed Crawford would resign with Blackhawks, but that neither side has indicated that is a given to happen, is true enough though.

  • June 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    When I mentioned to that woman at the restuarant about maybe Lenher being the goalie after Cros contract. She still mentioned the thing about org wanting him to come back before he was ready and said family wanted to wait until he was 100%. So he waited how ever longer then came back. Anyways she said she could ask his dad next time. I havnt seen her since then/saint patricks kanes day so not sure.

    Also now that Lehner left it seems like Crow is the starter for 2/4 yrs coming up. For lack of options on top 10 teams though it seems like Lehner could come back if he wants. Then it would be an option of which goalie and not both. That would have which ever goalie happy and be the way to go.

  • June 10, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Mo what happens at draft may tell alot about what direction the future in goal is going. Maybe they are alot higher on Goalies under contract and Nalimov than we think. Maybe they move Strome or somebody to get Murray from Pens or something. Don’t think it is cut and dried what will happen.

  • June 10, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Re signing Crawford is vital/essential/the lifeline for the Hawks in the next couple of seasons. An improved D and even forward bottom six group will be wholly irrelevant.

    If Crawford is not re signed by Bowman, good night Irene. If you don’t have a trustworthy solid goalie, your team is toast, done, finito. Goalies like Crawford are a rare breed.

    I’ll drop you a postcard.

  • June 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    So if Hawks weren’t sure about Crow coming back, was that 2ndd round pick so important Hawks to trade Lehner.

    My thought at the time was, that Crow was going to get new contract and Hawks would go from there.

    If they weren’t sure about Crow why trade Lehner?

  • June 10, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Yea I would say Crow Lehner or another top 10 goalie is here or Crow or Lehner will be for next 2/3 yrs. Unless another top 10 goalie Crow or Lehner will be back.

  • June 10, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    If they pick Askarov who is closest to Nhl ready in draft, maybe 2 to 3 years more development, Crawford maybe bridges the gap. If you draft further down you may find a gem but likely looking at 5 to 6 years development or more before they would be an elite Nhl goalie. Definitely not Crawford passing that torch there. If thats the case maybe find a Matt Murray type to fill the hole, ufas tend to be overpayed, or maybe feel a system goalie can develop and be no. 1 for awhile. Chances are Crawford for as long as he can carry the load is most likely. Be good to have a backup who can play 35 to 40 games and keep him relatively fresh for any playoffs.

  • June 10, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Crow is the shniza.

  • June 10, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    The Hawks did not want to sign Lehner long term….period.
    Getting a second round pick was better than getting nothing.

    Crawford is not getting younger. If Crawford is the Chicago lifeline in net the Hawks could very easily be in huge trouble…. It’s probably not wise to heavily rely on an aging injury proned goalie.

    Corey Crawford is not the only goalie in the NHL… The Hawks will survive without him.

  • June 10, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I think it would be cool if CC played his entire career as a Blackhawk. Same with 2, 7, 19, 88. They were core members of a really special group. I saw our three-time champions rated a couple of years ago as the 7th greatest NHL team of all time. Not bad.

    As for CC, he has been underestimated his entire career. He played great last year and has more than earned a 2 year deal. Nothing against Kane, but I thought CC should have won Conn Smythe in 2013.

    Sign him already. This should be the easiest decision of the summer.

  • June 11, 2020 at 1:59 am

    any move the hawks make at any position group that doesn’t involve the premise of building to being competitive three/four years down the road is misguided. this team is going nowhere the next two/three years and the only player from the core who might be contributing as a major force to a future cup challenging roster is kane.

    they are not among the very worst teams in the league, but they are on the rung just above that group. signing crawford is neither here nor there. it is HIGHLY unlikely he will be the guy to backstop this team to the next cup challenging run. if they get him on the cheap sign him. if not ……. thanks crow for the great memories and for being a wonderful blackhawk during your time here.

    there is no room for sentimental, “spend your whole career as a hawk signings” in a salary cap era. nothing speaks more forcefully to that concept than the seabrook contract. that ridiculous albatross of a contract better be a one and done type egregious mistake.

  • June 11, 2020 at 7:17 am

    What BBB said is sound advice.
    There is a big difference between perhaps surprising a team in a shorter, very unique ’20 playoffs and saying that the Hawks are or could be an upper tier team in the short run, with or without Crow.
    (still it would be nice to have Crow next year)

  • June 11, 2020 at 8:44 am

    We will be in a couple/few yrs though. So Crow for the 2 yrs he wants is fine. Maybe he retires in 2 yrs or so anyways and then him and 7 and whoever could be entire careers without disrupting the young wave core wave. We are not a bottom team or a top 10 team with this mix of players we have now.

    It is all about the young wave and keeping 19 88 and add elite ufas/trade when its time. Bout 2 yrs or so.

    So Crow for 2 yrs? Whats the problem with that.

  • June 11, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Identity and team system needed though. We could have a top 5/10 in a couple yrs and not be good. Need that identity and team system that works good to go with it.

    Thats what we had in 2009-2016. I and a top organization. Need both to have a dynasty. We ve been there done that.

    Now its about One Moar. One Moar Cup.

  • June 11, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Mo hopefully by start of next season we have alot clearer picture on long term and immediate future of goaltending situation. Have a solid base for 3 really good lines and low 5 on 5 mins role playing 4th line base. Like to see at some point after Mitchell gets littke time to adapt, Keith and Murphy taking D zone starts against opponents top lines and Boqvist and Mitchell as the offensive starts pairing. Maybe groom Beaudin and Regula in Rfd as solid 3rd pairing in another year. Maybe dreaming we’ll see.

  • June 11, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Congrats to Cro, hopefully he wins the award.
    Whether he signs another deal or not with the hawks, it’s been a honor to watch him.

  • June 11, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Think same we can be good these 2 yrs coming up. Get primed and important experience so were really good in a couple yrs for many yrs again.

  • June 11, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    BBB we pretty much agree on path forward. I’m going to say if they pick in 8th to 10th spots in draft and Askarov is there they may take him, because he is too good to pass up. If they don’t drafting a goalie with next 3 picks not a must but may if they really like one available.

    Think Crawford will get his 2 year deal and Nalimov signs an elc, who it seems like the organization believes in. He could be the guy who plays 35 or 40 games a year while being groomed for no. 1 job and keeps Crawford fresh to do his thing in playoffs. Lankinen, Subban and Tomkins can be non roster depth and Delia may be odd man out and moved at the draft. If Nalimov fails, as you mentioned next couple of years is get roster in order years, so time to make any adjustments needed is there. Something close to that anyways.

  • June 12, 2020 at 8:59 am


    any individual draft choice is always a point in time, not the body of work history has shown it to be. if historically nine out of ten keepers drafted in the first round turn out to be busts it doesn’t necessarily follow that askarov won’t be that one guy out of ten and be a stud for fifteen years.

    i will have no problem with askarov being the hawks first pick. my moniker of BBB, however, speaks volumes. i won’t feel nearly as good about askarov being the pick if that fool baby bowman is making the selection.

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