San Jose, CA (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) goaltender Alex Stalock has been selected by the San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) as its 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, it was announced on Thursday.
The Masterton Trophy is given out annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Stalock, who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks, is (11-5-2) this season with a 1.91 goals against average and a .930 saves percentage. He also set a new Sharks franchise record for longest consecutive shutout streak, posting 178:55 of scoreless play.
The 26-year old has found that success after suffering a serious knee injury in February 2011, an injury that required two separate surgeries and caused him to miss nearly a full year of competition.
Stalock played for UMD from 2006-09 and is still the program's all-time leader in both saves percentage and goals against average. He also led the Bulldogs to a WCHA Final Five tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance in 2009.
The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund.