Picking just three finalists out of a surprisingly high number of viable candidates this year, the NHL announced that Nashville's Steve Sullivan, Florida's Richard Zednik, and Detroit's Chris Chelios are in the running for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."
#26 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators
Jul 06, 1974
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Returned as a dynamic offensive force after missing nearly two years due to a back injury and subsequent surgeries.
#20 / Left Wing / Florida Panthers
Jan 06, 1976
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Came back this season after nearly losing his life when a skate blade cut his carotid artery in a game on February 28, 2008.
#24 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings
Jan 25, 1962
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As the "cranky old man" of the NHL, Chelios is the 2nd-oldest player in the history of the league, behind the legendary Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey would probably suit up again if he thought Chelios had a shot at unseating him.