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Grier earns Masterton nod from Buffalo PHWA

The Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Sabres forward Mike Grier as its nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually since 1968 to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Grier was too hurt to practice for part of the season, and even games were a struggle with the 36-year-old slowly taking his cranky knee to the bench at the end of shifts. Yet for a month he continued to lace the skates, providing the veteran leadership the team needed. The Sabres had several young forwards playing key roles, and Tyler Ennis and Nathan Gerbe credited Grier for showing them how to grow into the pros who helped the Sabres' second-half surge.
 
Grier is an off-ice leader, too, as the prime point man for Buffalo's Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH).

Each chapter of the PHWA nominates a player, and the winner is selected in a poll of all chapters at the end of the regular season. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a hockey game.

Two Sabres players have won the trophy, Don Luce in 1975 and Pat LaFontaine in 1995.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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