The Masterton Trophy is given to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The PHWA chapter in each market nominates a player from their team to be considered for the Masterton. The Flyers chapter has chosen Nick Seeler.
Seeler is enjoying a breakout campaign for the Flyers. He appeared in the most games (76) of his career this season. He’s posted highs in goals (4), assists (10), and points (14). This comes a season after appearing in just 43 games as the team’s seventh defenseman and posting three points.
"“I think he’s had a really good year. For me, when I started in June, not many people were talking to be about Nick Seeler,” John Tortorella said on Saturday. “I don’t think he was on a lot of people’s radar. I think he’s been one of our steadiest defenseman in his role and what he can do for a team. I think he’s been one of our steadiest players this year.”"
Quite the compliment for a player that was out of the NHL during the 2020-21 season. After going to training camp about the bubble playoffs, Seeler cited that he needed a mental and physical break from the game. He also contemplated returning altogether. He had appeared in 12 games the previous season between the Wild and Blackhawks.
He was signed by the Flyers during the summer of 2021 to a one-year deal. He earned a spot on opening night due to a injury to Rasmus Ristolainen, thus beginning the endearing of himself to the fan base. He earned himself a two-year contract after that season.
"“I’m truly honored and humbled to be nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy,” said Seeler in a press release from the team. “Thank you to those who voted for me and to the entire Flyers organization for making these past two years feel like home. And of course, thank you to my family and close friends for always supporting me throughout my hockey journey. Go Flyers!”"
It is easy to see how much Seeler has never taken for granted the opportunity that has been given to him here in Philadelphia. After not knowing what was going to happen when he returned to the game, he has easily become a fan favorite in Philadelphia.
Oskar Lindblom was the most recent Flyer to win the Masterton Trophy. He did so in 2020-21, a season after being named a finalist for the award. Three other Flyers have won: Bobby Clarke (1972), Tim Kerr (1989), Ian Laperrière (2011).