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Those 30 nominees are announced at the conclusion of voting by each team's local writers, meaning they're spread out over several weeks in March. We don't yet know the names of every player who's up for the honor this year, but most teams have revealed their nominee. Some have made inspiring recoveries from serious injuries, others are being recognized for their involvement in charity, while others have overcome obstacles that threatened their careers.
But they all have something in common: each is being recognized for facing adversity in some form. Here's a look at some of the players being considered for this year's Masterton Trophy.
Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins - It's only fair to that he be included, since he was personally responsible for every one of the horrible things that lead to the other 29 guys being nominated.
Johnny Boychuk, Boston Briuns - Has often been described as "not completely insufferable" and "somebody you can watch play one entire game without hating, I guess", making him pretty much a unanimous nomination for the Bruins.
Curtis Sanford, Columbus Blue Jackets - The veteran goaltender is known for spending most of his time working with the underprivileged, in the sense that he plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs - Was somehow able to post the best offensive season of his career despite the overwhelming disadvantage of being stuck with a linemate who occasionally doesn't feel like talking to the media.
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators - Came back from any injury or had a good year or maybe retired or no one really has any idea to be honest, since nobody in Ottawa has said a word about any player other than Erik Karlsson since mid-November.
Colin Fraser, Los Angeles Kings - Must have accomplished something that nobody had ever done before at a Los Angeles Kings game, such as noticing that someone has been high-sticked in the face when your name is "Fraser".
Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers - Needed to be recognized for finding the will to succeed despite being like a hundred times better than everybody else at hockey, we guess.
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes - Was given the nomination in his first season as the Coyotes' new starting goaltender after local writers confirmed with the league office that not being a crazy babbling Russian moon-man could technically be considered a form of sportsmanship.
Corey Potter, Edmonton Oilers - The 27-year-old showed incredible perseverance by spending almost a decade riding the buses and staying in run-down hotels with various college and minor league teams, before the Oilers front office finally tracked him down and forced him to come play in Edmonton.
Clayton Stoner, Minnesota Wild - Has had to go through his whole life battling the assumption that he's some sort of strung-out underachiever just because of his name, which is totally unfair because there are probably a few people out there named "Clayton" who aren't like that.
Petr Sykora, New Jersey Devils - Managed to have a good year despite the pressure of playing for the Devils, the same team we're all pretty sure we remember his grandfather playing for back in the mid-90s.
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers - The Rangers' blueliner is so well-respected for his sportsmanship that coach John Tortorella will often send out a different defenceman to take the opening faceoff when it's time to have a bloody line brawl with a rival that he'll feign innocence about afterwards.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens - He enters the race as the clear favorite and Habs fans will probably think he was robbed if he loses, sigh Montreal 911 operators wearily.