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Lightning’s Alex Killorn nominated for Masterton Trophy

The trophy is awarded to a player who displays perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey.
The Tampa Bay chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Alex Killorn for this year’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Tampa Bay chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Alex Killorn for this year’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 9, 2020
Updated Jun. 9, 2020

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Alex Killorn for this year’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

In announcing its nomination, the chapter cited Killorn’s on-ice success, off-ice leadership and impact on the community.

The Masterton Trophy, named for the only NHL player to die as a direct result of injuries sustained in a game, is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Each chapter nominates one player. The winner is voted on by the association as a whole. Tampa Bay Times Lightning reporter Diana C. Nearhos is a voting member of the PHWA.

Related: The story behind 'Dock Talk with Killer'

Killorn reached the 20-goal mark for the first time this season, with 26 goals in 68 games. The right wing also stepped into a leadership role, speaking up more inside the dressing room.

Killorn took on a bigger, more public role in the community, too. He and defenseman Ryan McDonagh co-hosted a Kan Jam (a Frisbee-based yard game) tournament —that raised more than $100,000 for the adolescent and young adult program at the Moffit Cancer Center.

During the NHL’s pause, Killorn has engaged fans with his “Dock Talk with Killer” Instagram live shows. He’s used that platform to sell T-shirts, raising almost $50,000 for the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The money has gone to supplies, including Wi-Fi hot spots, for underprivileged students participating in distance learning.

Contact Diana C. Nearhos at dnearhos@tampabay.com. Follow @dianacnearhos.