Andersen, Ingram and Kylington, finalists for the Masterton Trophy

Frederik Andersen, Connor Ingram and Oliver Kylington were named finalists for the Masterton Trophy on Thursday.

The winner of the award, which is given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, will be announced at a later date.

Andersen started the season 4-1-0 with the Carolina Hurricanes before doctors discovered a blood clotting problem, causing him to miss 50 games from November 4 to March 7. The 34-year-old returned to 9-1-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games to help Carolina (52-23-7) finish second in the Metropolitan Division.

“I’m having fun, just being grateful to be back has boosted me a lot,” Andersen said. “You go through a tough time when you’re sitting that long. Not being able to be in the room with the guys, obviously, that’s been an eye-opener for me and I’ve been enjoying every second of it.”

“It was a very scary situation. Right away, I just wanted to learn a little bit about what I was going to have to deal with and take it day by day. I leaned on all the great doctors I’ve seen. They’ve helped me through this time. It’s been really Obviously, a lot of wonderful people in my life have also been there along the way, so I lean on them and don’t look too far ahead.

A first-time finalist, Andersen would be the second Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers player to win the award (Doug Jarvis, 1986-87).

“What he had to go through this year has been difficult, more just the uncertainty of what he had and not knowing if he would play again,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Coming back and playing like he has has been a great story all the way around. Hopefully it will have an even better ending.”

Ingram nearly retired due to obsessive-compulsive disorder and persistent depression before seeking help from the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on January 15, 2021. He played his first seven professional seasons in the ECHL, the American League. Hockey and Sweden before making his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in 2021-22. The 27-year-old, who was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes on October 10, 2022, went 23-21-3 with a 2.91 GAA, .907 save percentage and tied for the NHL lead with six shutouts in 50 games. (48 starts) this season.

Ingram became the first Coyotes goaltender in 12 years to be named an NHL First Star during the week ending December 3, when he went 3-0-0 with a 1.63 GAA and save percentage. .947 during a stretch in which Arizona won five straight games. against the five previous Stanley Cup winners.

Ingram, a first-time finalist, shared her story publicly to help others.

“You have to work hard to feel good,” Ingram told earlier this season. “You know what turns you on or what calms you down, whatever it is. It’s like an addiction. You know if you get close to that, it’s going to get you in trouble, so I stay away from anything that might cause me to break out or be anxious.” or something like that. It’s just working, going to therapy, taking care of yourself.

“It’s like a nagging injury. If you don’t take care of it, it will get worse. For the rest of my life, I will sit in a stranger’s chair and tell him my problems once a week. It’s just a fact of my life.”

Kylington returned to the Calgary Flames lineup on January 25 after more than 18 months away, including missing the entire 2022-23 season to address his mental health. The 26-year-old defenseman was worried he wouldn’t be able to continue playing hockey, but he worked with the Flames staff while he was away and scored eight points (three goals, five assists) and averaged 17:14 of ice time in 33 games.

“I knew this day was coming, so I was looking forward to it,” Kylington said after his first practice with the Flames. “I just tried to approach it like any other day, but it was a little difficult. Yesterday I had a moment to myself. At one point, I didn’t think I was going to be here. It was kind of emotional, but in a good way I was excited to come here today and see everyone and share the ice with everyone and play hockey again.”

Kylington, a first-time finalist, would be the third Flames player to win the Masterton Trophy and the first since Gary Roberts in 1995-96.

A $2,500 PWHA grant will be awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.

Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the award last season. freelance correspondent Kurt Dusterberg contributed to this report.