Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley has been nominated for the 2013-14 Bill Masterton Trophy, according to the team's official website.
The trophy is awarded annually "to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
On March 10, the 31-year old collapsed on the Stars bench after suffering a cardiac episode. He underwent season-ending heart surgery, and has said he hopes to resume his career at some point in the future, a feat that he believes would make him truly worthy of the nomination.
“In terms of being nominated. I don’t want to have attention for something that happened that isn’t good,” Peverley told the Dallas News. “I think there are so many people who have gone through extremely hard situations and come back, and those are the people who should get the attention. If I come back, maybe I’ll deserve it, but I don’t want to have all of this attention because something bad happened to me.”
Peverley, undrafted, has appeared in 442 career games as a member of the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers and the Stars, scoring 84 goals and adding 157 assists.