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Jaromir Jagr will never stop playing hockey, which is probably why he won the 2016 Masterton Trophy at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
Here’s why Jagr took home the award via the NHL:
Jagr was selected as the Panthers’ Masterton Trophy nominee in a season that saw the 44-year-old inspire his team to franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) while capturing their second division title. Playing in his 22nd NHL season, Jagr led the Panthers in scoring with 27-39--66, becoming the oldest player in League history to surpass the 60-point plateau. His work ethic and off-ice mentorship, particularly with linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, whose combined age is younger than Jagr, was considered as valuable as his on-ice production.
Jagr beat out Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers.
A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
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