Center Colin Fraser, who unwittingly became the center of a controversy last summer when the Kings claimed they were misled about the seriousness of a foot injury he suffered before they acquired him from Edmonton, has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn.
The trophy is named for the late Bill Masterton, a former Minnesota North Stars player who died as the result of a head injury he incurred during a game. The trophy is awarded annually to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
The Kings acquired Fraser, 27, from the Oilers in the Ryan Smyth trade last June. After the deal, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi contended the Oilers had misrepresented the nature of Fraser's injury. Fraser had to see a specialist in Cleveland and wait before he could get his foot repaired.
While the Kings filed a grievance — which was ultimately settled when the Oilers agreed to pay part of Fraser’s medical costs — Fraser diligently worked to recover from the surgery and get back onto the ice.