And, subsequently, the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Associate is now under scrutiny.
The Masterton is given annually to the NHL player that “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
As such, pundits are taking issue with Buffalo’s nomination going to O’Reilly, who made news last summer when he was charged with impaired driving following an incident in Ontario — an incident in which he crashed his truck into a Tim Horton’s restaurant, and fled the scene.
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Sabre Noise (SI Fansided): O’Reilly’s Masterton nomination is troublesome
A key issue at play is that O’Reilly’s legal future remains unresolved. He’s had his court hearing pushed on a couple of occasions already, and is now set to go to trial in July.
The paper also confirmed ten different players received at least one vote.