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Nick Foligno named finalist for Masterton Trophy

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The Bill Masterton Trophy signifies perserverence and dedication to hockey.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Nick Foligno has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy. This is Foligno’s third time being named a finalist for the award, which signifies perserverence and dedication to hockey.

The other nominees are Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.

Foligno was away from the team on two separate occasions this season, both due to medical emergencies for his young children. First, his five year old daughter Milana had to have heart surgery. Second, his one year old son was in the intensive care unit with a collapsed lung. Both children are recovering.

Through both health scares, Foligno managed to captain the Blue Jackets to the playoffs for a third season in a row and to a first round upset over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Foligno posted 17-18-35 this season.

Congratulations to Nick Foligno on being nominated for this award!