- Goaltender Roberto Luongo
, who in his first season with the Canucks helped a team that missed the playoffs last year climb near the top of the over-all standings, has been nominated by the Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The 27-year-old, traded against his wishes by the Florida Panthers last June, has embraced both his new team and community and helped the Canucks establish several franchise records. He is among NHL leaders in every goaltending category and with 45 wins has a chance to challenge Bernie Parent's 33-year-old league record of 47 victories in a season, established before the league adopted regular-season overtime and shootouts. Luongo's relentless work ethic and dedication to his craft has made him a compelling leader in the Canucks' dressing room, too. Finalists for the Masterton, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey," will be announced by the PHWA during the playoffs.