Connor Ingram wins Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

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Connor Ingram Wins Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Connor Ingram, the talented goaltender who bravely shared his battle with an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, leading him to rely on alcohol to manage anxiety, has been honored with the prestigious Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. This award recognizes his exceptional perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport of hockey.

After overcoming personal challenges, Ingram delivered an outstanding performance for the Arizona Coyotes in the past season. This remarkable achievement comes after a journey of seeking and receiving assistance from the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, jointly operated by the league and union, which has recently garnered attention due to the involvement of other players.

Personal Journey and Triumph

In a recent statement to The Associated Press, Ingram humbly expressed, “You don’t do these things for awards. I did this to get my life back together.” He highlighted the significance of being recognized for his efforts, acknowledging that many individuals who rebuild their lives do not receive such acknowledgments.

The other finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy included Calgary’s Oliver Kylington, who took a break for mental health reasons, and Carolina’s Frederik Andersen, who faced health challenges throughout the season. The award voting was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Ingram’s journey saw him start on Nashville’s practice squad before entering the player assistance program and eventually relocating to Nashville, where he found stability and a renewed sense of purpose. His return to the ice, including his NHL debut in 2021, marked a significant milestone in his career.

Looking Ahead

Now playing with Utah after the franchise’s relocation to Salt Lake City, Ingram remains optimistic about his future in hockey. At 27 years old, he believes that his best performances are yet to come. He credits his perseverance and dedication for getting him to where he is today.

The support and encouragement from teammates and the organization have played a vital role in Ingram’s journey. Utah general manager Bill Armstrong praised Ingram’s resilience and commitment to the sport, emphasizing his inspirational impact on players worldwide.

Connor Ingram’s story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding individuals about the importance of seeking help during challenging times. His success on and off the ice exemplifies the true spirit of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, inspiring others to persevere through adversity and pursue their dreams.

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