Jay Bouwmeester has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
One player from each team is nominated by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and the nominees will be narrowed down to three finalists prior to the NHL Awards.
The Masterton Trophy is frequently awarded to players who have overcome or battled career-threatening injuries or life-threatening illnesses. Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode during the Feb. 11 game against the Anaheim Ducks and underwent surgery to install an implantable cardioverter defibrillator that will restore his heart's normal rhythm in case of a similar future incident.
He has not played since Feb. 11 and announced at a press conference in late February that he wouldn't return for the remainder of the 2019-20 season or playoffs.
Video: Bouwmeester speaks publicly for first time
"I'm at a point right now where I feel pretty good," Bouwmeester said. "… It's a scary thing but everything's going pretty good lately and we'll continue to evaluate things as they go."
Tuesday's announcement marks the second consecutive season in which Bouwmeester has been nominated for the award. After being limited to just 35 games in 2017-18 due to a nagging hip injury, Bouwmeester was shut down for the season to undergo surgery and required four to six months to recover.