This year the winner is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
Bergeron played the toughest games in the toughest sport (Stanley Cup Finals) with a broken rib, torn cartilage, and a separated shoulder. That broken rib would eventually puncture a lung. This award and this blog are named after Curt Schilling's bloody red socks from the 2004 playoffs, and Bergeron's injuries were much more severe. Maybe I'll rename the blog to Bergeron's Ribs, or Boston Lung Punctures.
He made you proud to be a Boston sports fan. And even though the B's lost the series, they left everything on the ice.