The award is given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
In March 2008, Foster suffered a broken leg after he was pushed into the boards while racing for the puck on an icing play. He underwent surgery where doctors inserted a rod into his left femur to help stabilize the leg.
Foster needed a year of extensive rehabilitation and returned to play in 10 games with the Minnesota Wild. He signed with Tampa Bay in the off-season and recorded career-best totals in games (71), assists (34) and points (42).
Ortmeyer must inject a blood thinner into his stomach each day to combat a hereditary blood-clotting disorder. He first experienced clotting problems in 2001 following knee surgery.
Ortmeyer had 19 points (8-11) in 76 games this past season.
Theodore's son Chace died last summer from complications stemming from his premature birth. Inspired by his son's memory, Theodore created a fundraising program called Saves for Kids which benefits the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital where Chace spent his 54-day life.
Theodore had his best regular season since winning the Hart and Vezina Trophies in 2002. He posted an impressive 20-0-3 record over the final three months of the season.
The winner will be named June 23 at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.