José Theodore: Most Deserving Masterton Trophy Winner In Award’s History

June 23rd, 2010 by Nik Lowen Leave a reply »
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is annually awarded to the National Hockey League's player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

At the end of each season, every NHL franchise nominates one player for consideration by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, but in the end, only one man ends up with the trophy in June.

Despite the long journeys of Kurtis Foster and Jed Ortmeyer, coming back from a severe breaking of a femur and a battle with a hereditary blood clot-causing disease respectively, nobody deserved to win this award more this season, or ever, than Washington Capitals goaltender José Theodore.

One year ago today, June 22, Theodore and wife Stéphanie were celebrating the birth of their first son, Chace.

Sadly, little Chace would not live even two months.

Due to complications as a result of his premature birth, Chace Theodore died on the 20th of August, 2009, after spending the vast majority of his short life at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Devastated, José returned to work just one mon ...

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