Ortmeyer A Masterton Finalist

The Sharks are excited with Ortmeyer's Masterton nomination

Monday, 04.26.2010 / 8:00 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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There was plenty of good news in the Sharks locker room on Monday. Of course, players were excited about advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. But to a man, everyone was genuinely excited for Jed Ortmeyer, who was named as one of three finalists for the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

“Jed’s gone through a lot and it’s a great thing for him,” Scott Nichol said. “It’s a huge honor.”

“His dedication to the game is unbelievable,” Patrick Marleau said. “He gives himself a needle in the stomach after every game. It shows how bad he really wants to play. He puts his body on the line and he’s diving, blocking shots and killing penalties. He plays hard.”

Ortmeyer was caught off guard with the news.

“I just heard this morning when Coach (Todd McLellan) pulled me aside,” Ortmeyer said. “I’m honored to be nominated with the others.”

Besides Ortmeyer, Tampa Bay’s Kurtis Foster and Jose Theodore of Washington were chosen as finalists.

The key purpose of the award is to acknowledge players who demonstrate dedication and perseverance to the game of hockey. And though not mentioned as a pre-requisite for receiving the Masterton, many past winners have come back from a difficult injury or illness.

Ortmeyer would qualify under any of the above scenarios, but there’s no question the blood disorder he deals with truly makes things unusual for him. In addition to his blood clot disorder, the Nebraska native also had to deal with a major knee procedure in 2007-08 that contributed to him spending much of 2008-09 in the American Hockey League.

Nichol was Ortmeyer’s teammate in Nashville and saw Ortmeyer deal with his challenges.

“I played with him in Nashville when he had the clots and the ACL surgery,” Nichol said. “He battled the whole year with the blood clots. It was a tough year on him.”

Ortmeyer, who has missed the last few playoff games with an unspecified injury, has been a reminder for those around him of how good they have it. That he’s survived what he’s gone through to this point is amazing to those who know him.

“It sure would’ve been easy for him to pack it in when he was in the minors,” Nichol said. “When he was in the minors, he had to pay a lot of money because the insurance didn’t cover everything. He’s a huge part of this team and I’m glad to see him do well.”

For Ortmeyer, his daily routine to deal with his blood clots is simply a part of his regular schedule and not a big deal

“It’s just my routine now,” Ortmeyer said. “Some days the needle hurts more than others. It’s part of my life.”

The proper medication has made things fairly smooth for Ortmeyer, but he still checks visits a doctor once a month for preventative reasons.

“I haven’t had any problems this season with it,” Ortmeyer said.

And that reflected in his play as he set career highs in goals (eight), assists (11) and points (19).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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