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Connor Ingram wins the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey | Sports

Connor Ingram, the goaltender who shared his battle with an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder that led him to drink to cope with anxiety and has blossomed into a full-time NHL player, has won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Ingram had a breakout performance for the Arizona Coyotes this past season, years removed from seeking and receiving help from the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, which is run jointly by the league and union and has been in the headlines lately for others’ participation. “You don’t do these things for awards. I did this to get my life back together,” Ingram told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “The fact that you get recognized for it is something that a lot of people who put their life back together don’t get.” The other finalists were Calgary’s Oliver Kylington, who stepped away for more than a year and a half for mental health reasons, and Carolina’s Frederik Andersen, who missed several months this season while dealing with blood clotting issues. The Masterton is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. “Those other two guys were more than deserving, so just to be in that group

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Recent additions at QB give Utah State back some depth, but not experience, lost to transfer portal | Sports

LOGAN — Just days into the spring transfer window, Utah State’s quarterback depth chart had taken a massive hit with the losses of Cooper Legas and McCae Hillstead. Those losses, combined with the retirement of Levi Williams, meant that 100 percent of the Aggies’ production at the position was lost to offseason attrition. Legas and Hillstead’s departures were dampened somewhat by the news that incoming Iowa transfer, Spencer Petras, had won the starting job outright in spring ball, but depth is a necessity at QB. Last year, due to injuries among other factors, USU had to start three different quarterbacks — Legas, Hillstead and Williams. The same happened in 2022 with Legas, Logan Bonner and Bishop Davenport all starting at least once. In 2021 Bonner started every game but Andrew Peasley led the USU rally against Air Force that year and Legas held down the fort in the team’s bowl game against Oregon State after Bonner left with an injury. History pretty heavily suggests that head coach (and QB coach) Blake Anderson will need to have good depth in his quarterback room to keep the season’s prospects as high as possible. That’s what ultimately made losing Legas and Hillstead hurt

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