Boston Bruins  center Patrice Bergeron , after coming back from last year’s devastating concussion injury, is the Boston chapter of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers’ Association) nominee for the 2009 Masterton Trophy. The Masterton honors the player who, “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”, and Bergeron showed all those and much more in returning to the ice this season after missing nearly all of last year with the head injury.
Bergeron continued to show that perseverance when he suffered a second concussion against the Carolina Hurricanes  this season, but he again battled back from another head injury to play his best hockey in two years down the stretch. The 23-year-old has seven goals and 28 assists in 59 games for the B’s this season. Phil Kessel  was last year’s Boston nominee for the Masterton Trophy, and the young winger went on to win the NHL  Masterton Trophy after returning fron testicular cancer last season.