Senators’ Bobby Ryan awarded Bill Masterton Trophy after going public about his treatment for alcohol abuse
Bobby Ryan was named the winner of the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday. The award is given to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Stephen Johns of the Dallas Stars and Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers were the other finalists.
Ryan became an inspiration during the 2019-20 season after leaving the Ottawa Senators on November 20, 2019, to seek help for alcoholism.
After getting treatment in an NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, Ryan returned on February 27, 2020, and had one of the most memorable and emotional games of the season.