Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Adam Hall is nominated for the Masterton Trophy
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Adam Hall has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, given each year for perseverance and dedication to hockey. Hall was nominated by the Tampa chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The award will be voted on by PHWA members.
Here is the nomination submitted to the PHWA on Hall's behalf:
When Adam Hall signed a three-year free agent deal with Tampa Bay prior to the 2008-09 season, he was already considered a valuable role player and the veteran of 352 NHL games with Nashville, New York Rangers, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. During the 2007-08 season, Hall turned out to be a key role player for the Penguins in their run to the Stanley Cup Final, appearing in 17 playoff games and picked up a pair of goals in the six-game series loss to Detroit.
After his first year with the Lightning in 2008-09, Hall never made it out of training camp in 2009-10 being shipped to the American Hockey League and never saw the NHL the rest of the season. While playing for Norfolk, Hall took on a leadership role with the Admirals despite feeling like an outcast within the organization, scoring 16 goals and 41 points in 79 games.
This year, with a new management and coaching staff in Tampa Bay, Hall earned his way back onto an NHL roster with a strong performance in training camp. Throughout this season he has proved once again to be a key role player as a fourth-line energy player and one of the team’s top four penalty killers throughout the season while chipping in with seven goals and appearing in every game.
Said Lightning coach Guy Boucher before Friday's game with the Panthers: "He's one of those guys who is so straight in everything he does. He never waivers in his attitude, bad game, good game, tough moment of the game. He's been a rock for us. A great addition, not just on the ice but off it."