The Nashville Predators
will recognize forward Steve Sullivan
at Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks
not only his numerous contributions to the team, but also for his comeback last season that earned him the 2009 Bill Masterton
The game will feature free Steve Sullivan
posters for the first 10,000 fans and a pre-game ceremony honoring Sullivan -- "Sully" as he is affectionately referred to by fans -- for his remarkable comeback after rehabilitating from a back injury which kept him out of the lineup for two years. In all, 678 days passed between games for Sullivan -- but after missing 142 consecutive regular-season games and 11 playoff contests due to a back injury sustained on Feb. 22, 2007, Sullivan returned to the lineup on Jan. 10, 2009, and went on to pit up 27 points in the final 25 games of the 2008-09 season.
Sullivan's comeback earned him the 2009 Masterton Trophy -- awarded to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." He's the first player in Predators history to win an NHL award.
In his five active seasons with the Predators, Sullivan has produced at close to a point-per-game pace, posting 192 points (74 goals, 118 assists) in 196 games played. He was re-signed in the off season for two more seasons in Nashville.