Kris Letang Named Penguins’ Masterton Trophy Nominee

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It has been a very tough year for Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, to say the least. The 26 year-old suffered a stroke on January 29th and has not played since January 27th. Letang has been practicing with the team in hopes to eventually return to game action this season. A return date, if any, has not been announced yet by Letang. Pittsburgh’s chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association voted Letang as Pittsburgh’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Only two Penguins have won the trophy: Lowell MacDonald (1972-73) and Mario Lemieux (1992-93). Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke were Pittsburgh’s nominees for the award the past two years.