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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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 62 31 25 12 56
L. Couture 62 21 32 2 53
J. Thornton 58 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 62 16 29 -3 45
P. Marleau 62 13 31 -14 44
T. Wingels 55 12 15 -5 27
T. Hertl 62 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 51 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 57 7 11 10 18
M. Karlsson 33 9 7 4 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 16 7 .913 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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