Masterton Trophy Nominees: Frederik Andersen, Connor Ingram, Oliver Kylington

The 2024 Masterton Trophy finalists, Carolina Hurricanes’ Frederik Andersen, Arizona Coyotes’ Connor Ingram, and Calgary Flames’ Oliver Kylington, were announced for exemplifying perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey, each overcoming significant personal challenges including health and mental health issues.

On Thursday, the NHL revealed the top contenders for the 2024 Masterton Trophy. It’s a big deal. Carolina Hurricanes’ Frederik Andersen, Arizona Coyotes’ Connor Ingram, and Calgary Flames’ Oliver Kylington made the cut. Each has shown incredible grit over the past year.

The Masterton Trophy isn’t handed out to just anyone. It’s for the player who’s all about perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. And boy, do these guys embody those qualities.

Andersen kicked off the 2023-24 season with high hopes, anchoring the Hurricanes as their starting goalie. But then, out of nowhere, blood clots threw a wrench in his plans. He was sidelined for 50 games. Yet, Andersen bounced back, playing a pivotal role in the Hurricanes’ first-round victory over the New York Islanders. His stats? A 2.25 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Not too shabby.

“I’m just having fun with it,” Andersen shared with NHL.com. “Being grateful to be back… it’s been a huge motivator.” Sitting out was tough, especially being away from the team camaraderie. “It was a very scary situation,” he admitted. But Andersen didn’t face it alone. He leaned on top-notch doctors and the unwavering support of his circle. “I’m taking it one day at a time,” he said, focused on the present.

Ingram’s journey has been equally inspiring. Wrestling with OCD and depression, he’s not only fought his battles but also used his platform to champion mental health. This season, he emerged as Arizona’s go-to goalie, appearing in 50 games and boasting a 2.91 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Talk about turning adversity into strength.

Then there’s Kylington, who took an entire season off to tackle his mental health challenges. On January 25, 2024, he made a triumphant return to the Flames. In 33 games, he netted three goals and assisted on five more. A comeback story if there ever was one.

So, there you have it. Three athletes, three stories of resilience. The Masterton Trophy is more than just an award; it’s a testament to the human spirit. And these finalists? They’re the embodiment of that spirit.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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