The NHL annually awards the Masterton Trophy to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game. The award often goes to a player who overcame career-threatening obstacles to continue his career. Such comebacks often inspire teammates and fans alike.
This season has provided several examples of player comebacks. Many involve those who conquered a potentially career-ending injury or illness. Some have had to overcome a series of injuries and misfortunes.
Not every comeback story involves injury. Sometimes a player whose best seasons are behind him can defy the skeptics with a notable performance.
The following is a ranking of this season's 10 best comebacks.