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Sullivan, Steve
Nashville Predators

Steve Sullivan becomes the first player in Nashville Predators franchise history to capture a major NHL award, winning the Masterton Trophy for his dedication and perseverance in returning from a serious back injury after being away from the game for a total of 687 days; only the third player to do so since World War II, joining Mario Lemieux and Jim Peplinski. After sustaining the injury on February 22, 2007, Sullivan would miss 142 regular season games and 11 more in the playoffs, finally making his return to action on January 10, 2009 versus Chicago. He would record his first point the very next game and after a slow start, finished the year by notching 27 points in the Predators' final 25 games, leading the club to a 22-14-5 record down the stretch. An inspiration to both his teammates and the community for his hard work and training that enabled him to return to the NHL; Sullivan also recorded his milestone 600th career point on March 28 versus Los Angeles.

Sullivan, Steve