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Maple Leafs defenseman Baun made his legend in Game 6 of the 1964 Stanley Cup Final by insisting on returning to the ice with a broken ankle and then scoring the winning goal in overtime against Detroit. The Leafs went on to win the Cup.

Capitals defenseman Pothier is up for the 2009 Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best embodies perseverance and dedication to hockey. He missed 14 months with post-concussion syndrome and optic nerve damage that left him unable to see normally. He returned to action in March and is playing between 15 and 20 minutes a night.

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