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Danton Heinen grateful to receive Bill Masterson award nomination

Published April 5, 2024 at 11:12 PM
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It's been an emotional year for Danton Heinen as yesterday he received the bill Masterson award nomination after signing a PTO with the Boston Bruins in hopes of restoring his career. Shortly afterwards, he released a statement on what this nomination means and to the team he plays for.


Heinen was drafted by the Bruins in 2014 where he played four years and showed great promise. After his departure he had stops in Anaheim and in Pittsburgh where his career seemed to have sputtered which resulted in not receiving a qualifying offer at the end of last season with the Penguins.

After a month of this season and remaining unsigned, Heinen's former head coach Jim Montgomery helped spearhead his return as both shared a two-year relationship with the University of Denver. Heinen and spoke about what Montgomery was like of the coach and what kind of advice he would give him.


«Coming from juniors you're kind of just playing hockey,» Heinen recalled of Montgomery's advice during his college days. «At school, he taught us the real ins and outs and the details of the game. I think that's what helped a lot.»

This reunion led to the Bruins signing Heinen to a $775,000 contract October 30th.


«When you're older, you get a little more leeway and you're a pro,» Heinen said as he compared and contrasted Montgomery's pro and college coaching approach. «As a coach in college, you're hands-on a little more. I think that's been a difference for sure.»

Through 69 games, he has scored sixteen goals with 18 assists for 34 points and is a + 14. Certainly a solid turn around and worthy of a bill Masterson nomination.

Source: Bruins Insider - Heinen issued a statement after being nominated for Bill Masterton

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