EDMONTON—Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was named the 2019-20 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol points.
The award is given out yearly to the participant who finest exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
The 33-year-old Ryan entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Assistance program on Nov. 20 to get assist for alcohol habit.
After going public along with his story in an effort to assist others with habit points, an emotional Ryan returned to the ice Feb. 25 towards the Nashville Predators, then scored 3 times in a 5-2 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks in his second recreation again two nights later.
Senators followers at Canadian Tire Centre had been fast to cheer Ryan, giving him a standing ovation and chanting his identify in his first house recreation in three months.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom and Dallas Stars defenceman Stephen Johns had been the finalists for the 2020 Bill Masterton Trophy.
Lindblom was recognized in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumour that grows within the bones or within the tissue round bones. He initially had been dominated out of taking part in when the NHL season resumed following the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down main sports activities for months, however he made in look within the Stanley Cup playoffs, returning for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals towards the Islanders Sept. 4.
Johns missed all of final season and the primary 47 video games of this one with painful complications resulting from post-concussion syndrome. He scored 4 video games into his return on Feb. 3 towards the Rangers, along with his dad and mom in attendance at Madison Square Garden.
Ryan wished Lindblom and Johns good well being and lengthy careers in accepting the award, and known as his battle “the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life.”
Ryan, who has performed 833 profession common season video games since being drafted No. 2 by the Anaheim Ducks in 2005, additionally thanked the Ottawa Senators for permitting him to go away the workforce to hunt remedy, the NHLPA, and his household.
Ryan, from Cherry Hill, N.J., tried to cope with the alcohol downside on his personal earlier than realizing he wanted extra assist.
Ryan has 254 objectives and 555 factors in 13 NHL seasons cut up between Anaheim and Ottawa.
The Masterton award is voted upon by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and offered to the participant who finest exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It’s identify after a former Minnesota North Stars participant who died on Jan. 15, 1968, consequently of an on-ice damage.