Jed Ortmeyer Among Masterton Finalists

April 26th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »
The NHL announced the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy and former Ranger Jed Ortmeyer is among the finalists. The Bill Masterton is given to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Here is the press release about Ortmeyer:

The veteran forward not only has to work hard each shift to ensure he has a place in the NHL, but also battles a challenging health condition that requires daily attention. At some point each day, Ortmeyer must use a needle to inject a blood thinner directly into his stomach to combat a hereditary blood-clotting disorder that has threatened not only his hockey career, but also his life.

“It’s more important to get the info out there to help people know more about my situation,” Ortmeyer said. “Hopefully someone else in a similar situation will have the information to help them determine if they can play.”

The process is tricky and the timing must be precise. The blood thinner, Lovenox, needs to be in his system during the ...

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