Former Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram prepared to make a save
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NHL Utah wins first award before ever playing a game

Published May 16, 2024 at 2:30 PM

Former Arizona Coyote and current Utah Hockey Club goaltender Connor Ingram has won the Bill Masterson trophy for his dedication to the sport of hockey.

The Bill Masterson is an annual award given to a player in the NHL that best exemplifies the qualities of the player it was named after. That means perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport.

Connor Ingram is the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy! 🏆 #NHLAwards

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Candidates for the award typically include players that have gone through significant injuries or other hardships that have limited their ability to get on the ice. In Ingram's case, he has dealt with significant hurdles in his life including OCD and depression, leading him to enter the NHL Player's assistance program in 2021.

"When I got on a plane to go to a grippy sock vacation, you don't think about winning a Masterton. You're just trying to put your life back together."

Connor Ingram did, and on Wednesday, he became the second Coyotes player ever to win a major NHL award.

Last season was his first taking on the role of a starter in the NHL, appearing in 50 games for the Arizona Coyotes. He recorded a 23-21-3 record while putting up a 2.91 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage. Both are very respectable numbers given the increased scoring environment around the league this season. Ingram figures to be part of a tandem if not the starting goaltender for game one next season for the Utah Hockey Club.

Source: HouseofHockey
Utah HC officially has its first award winner in franchise history
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