Kevan Miller named Bruins' Masterton Trophy nominee

Scott McLaughlin
June 09, 2020 - 5:44 pm

Defenseman Kevan Miller hasn't played a game for the Bruins this season, but his hard work and the challenges he's faced are getting some recognition, as Miller was named the Bruins' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Tuesday.

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

Miller hasn't played since April of last season, when he suffered a broken kneecap. He tried to get back in time to contribute to the Bruins' playoff run, only to re-break the kneecap while rehabbing. The road didn't get a whole lot smoother after that, as he suffered several more setbacks during his recovery, the most recent of which forced him to undergo another surgery in March that effectively ended any hope of returning before the end of this season.

Miller is an unrestricted free agent after this season, but Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has said the team would explore bringing him back, something that could presumably be done pretty cheaply given the hit the last year has taken on Miller's value.

The last Bruin to win the Masterton was Phil Kessel in 2006-07, when he missed 12 games in the middle of the season because of testicular cancer.

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