Masterton Trophy finalists: Jagr, Malhotra, Moore

Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils, Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes and Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers are the finalists for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Award given to player who best shows 'perseverance, sportsmanship & dedication'

Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils, Manny Malhotra, left, Dominic Moore, centre, and Jaromir Jagr are vying for the NHL’s Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils, Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes and Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers are the finalists for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The league awards the trophy annually to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Jagr, a Hart Trophy winner back in 1999, had another strong season with New Jersey at the age of 42.

The Devils named the right-winger as the team MVP in 2013-14 after he led the club in assists (43), points (67), plus-minus (plus-16), game-winning goals (six) and shots (231).

Malhotra, 33, was the Vancouver Canucks' Masterton nominee in 2011-12 after returning from a serious eye injury.

Refusing to believe his NHL career was over last fall, Malhotra signed a professional tryout agreement with the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's American Hockey League affiliate, on Oct. 3 and signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes four weeks later.

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