Myers, 28, missed nearly all of the 2016-17 season, playing in only 11 games as he dealt with many health complications, a couple of his own, but many stemming from his son Tristan who was born five weeks pre-maturely in January of 2017 – dealing with his own issues.
The Winnipeg chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced Myers as the club’s candidate Tuesday. Although many details of the Myers’ story have not been documented, the pains that he and his wife Michela have endured were numerous.
Myers will be up against countless other nominees including New Jersey’s Brian Boyle – who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia back in September, Kyle Okposo – who suffered a serious reaction to pain medication following a concussion, Jordan Staal – who lost his infant daughter, and Derek Dorsett – who was forced to retire from the NHL after multiple injuries to his neck and spine.
From the 31 nominees, three finalists will be selected and a winner will be chosen by way of a vote. The announcement will be made at the 2018 NHL Award Show in Vegas.
Tyler Myers currently has six goals and 34 points in a team-high 75 games this season.
By Carter Brooks
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