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Bish's Blog: Bruins Win Big in Las Vegas

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

9:25 p.m.
Official Release

The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien was named the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the winner of the 2009 Norris Trophy, which is awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position” and goaltender Tim Thomas was named the winner of the 2009 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”

The Bruins were presented with these honors during the 2009 NHL Awards at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas ...more.

9:03 p.m.
Ovechkin wins the Hart...

And now I have some work to do. We'll have plenty all night, so keep it here! JB

8:53 p.m.
Lifetime Achievement to Jean Beliveau. Very, very deserving.

8:48 p.m.
Malkin is the Ross winner. Ovechkin has the Richard.

8:43 p.m.
Unreal. That's Boston's fourth award. Chara is the Norris Trophy winner. Congrats to Zee!

"Thanks to all the Boston Bruins fans and the city of Boston." Zdeno Chara

8:36 p.m.
Iginla wins the Messier. Boston's Zdeno Chara is still up for the Norris trophy -- it's coming up next.

8:31 p.m.
Waaaaaaaaaaay to be Coach! Claude Julien is the Jack Adams winner.

My goodness. What a night....

8:26 p.m.
TIMMMMMMMMMMAY! What a story folks. Way to go Tim. Tim Thomas wins the Vezina!

"Never really allowed myself to believe that I might win...more worried about getting my name on a roster." Tim Thomas

8:20 p.m.
Okay, we've got the Vezina, Adams, Messier and Norris coming soon. Now I am nervous.

8:17 p.m.
Chaka Khan is back to serenade the fans.

8:15 p.m.
Luongo wins the Fan Favorite Award.

8:12 p.m.
Ethan Moreau wins the King Clancy -- the guy funded a high school. Nice job!

8:04 p.m.
Datsyuk wins the Lady Byng. Phil Kessel was 9th.

7:58 p.m.
Here come Manny and Timmy to accept the Jennings -- announced, of course, by Moog and Lemelin!

This is Fernandez's second Jennings. Nice moment to see the four men shake hands...

That was the most nervous I have seen Tim this season. The two men combined for a nice acceptance speech.

7:56 p.m.
Steve Sullivan is the Masterton Trophy recipient.

7:49 p.m.
Datsyuk is the Selke winner. Again, a Bruin was sixth -- David Krejci had two first place votes.

7:43 p.m.
Vladi! Guys, for those of you who never had the opportunity to see Vladimir Konstantinov play, I'm sorry. A terrific player. Glad to see him give out the Pearson Award.

The Pearson goes to Ovechkin.

7:40 p.m.
I still think that Blake Wheeler deserved a shot at the Calder (Wheels came in 6th). That said, Mason is a great choice.

7:35 p.m.
The show is on. Robin Thicke is performing with Chaka Khan.

7:29 p.m.
Last chance to raid the fridge! And while you are at it, check out the pre-show vids over at

7:16 p.m.
Actor William Fichtner, who has been in a ton of movies like The Perfect Storm and The Dark Knight as well as TV shows like Prison Break and Invasion is giving away the Vezina Trophy. He talked about Tim Thomas to
"He's been in hockey for so long and then all of a sudden in his mid-30's he comes out and puts down a season like that. How could you not [root for him]?"

Robin Thicke is performing on the pre-show (and pre-TV) portion of the evening.

7:06 p.m.
Former Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns, a three time winner of the Jack Adams Trophy who has coaced in Montreal, Boston and New Jersey (as well as Toronto), on Coach Julien's similar coaching pedigree and chances tonight...
"He's sort've followed the same path through junior, semi-pro and pro. And we're from the same area, so whether I am pulling for him or not, the best coach will probably win."

Burns is presenting the Adams Trophy tonight. Hmmmm. JB

6:41 p.m.
More from Vegas
The boys are walking down the Red Carpet and it’s quite a scene here. Some celebrities made it out as well, as Kevin Connolly- better known as ‘E’ from HBO’s hit series “Entourage”- walked the carpet right behind Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez. Movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer was also spotted, as was Palms Hotel owner (and the owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings) George Maloof.

6:38 p.m.
It's Coach Julien's turn down the carpet.

Claude Julien's wife Karen to on which Hollywood celebrity would player her husband in a film...
"Tom Cruise."

6:27 p.m.
Mr. Chara is making his way down the red carpet. It looks like he is stopping to talk with our good friends from NESN.

Chara (via about possibly taking home a trophy and his new little baby girl, Elliz...
"That would be nice, but like I've said I do have a little trophy at home right now."

6:21 p.m.
Zdeno Chara on consistency...
"You really want to contribute in every aspect of the game and keep doing it year after year after year; it is hard to whatever minutes you get you have to do what you can to help the team. Power play, PK in all of those situations, that's what makes a player important [to] a team."

6:15 p.m.
Tim Thomas on writing an acceptance speech for the Jennings...
"That's the part I've been stressing about the most...I know from past experience if you end up forgetting [to thank] people or leaving people out they get mad at you, so it's a balancing act."

6:09 p.m.
Okay, we are up and running...the streaming of the red carpet off the front page looks great. Or, you can just click here.

Meanwhile, the report from Las Vegas reads:
The Boston Bruins have descended upon the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas for the 2009 NHL Awards. Things are starting to pick up with a noticeable buzz around the hotel, as hundreds of fans are lined up outside and throughout the casino floor to catch a glimpse of their favorite NHL superstars.

Check back later as Tim Thomas brings fans along for the walk along the red carpet.

Timmy Talk
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, is congratulated by teammate Shane Hdiny after beating the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 during a first-round NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Boston. The Bruins are up 2-0 in the series.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
From the NHL: Boston Bruins All-Star goaltender and VezinaTrophy nominee Tim Thomas and Palms Hotel owner George Maloof will guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman on SIRIUS XM Radio.

The program will originate live from Las Vegas, site of tonight’s star-studded 2009 NHL Awards.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the “Best of XM” programming package) and The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on

This will be the final edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman for the 2008-09 NHL season.

The show encourages fans to submit questions via phone and e-mail. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696 or e-mail

10:48 a.m.

Just an FYI
BostonbruinsTV will have LIVE video from the Red Carpet at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas tonight for the 2009 NHL Award Ceremony.

Tune in between 6:15-7:00 PM ET for interviews and appearances by Bruins nominees and other NHL players.

Check out the Top 5 panel on starting at 5:55 p.m!

9:18 a.m.

Manny & Tim will bring home the Jennings.
Potentially, this could be an overwhelmingly exciting day for the B’s who will have at least one set of winners tonight at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Let's recap...

On April 12th the B’s announced that Boston Bruins goaltenders Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez had earned the NHL’s William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders for the club finishing the regular season having surrendered the fewest goals.

Thomas appeared in 54 games and Fernandez 28 as the Bruins finished with NHL's fewest goals against (196), edging the second-place Minnesota Wild (200).  This is the first career Jennings Trophy for Thomas and second for Fernandez, who teamed with Niklas Backstrom to win as members of the Wild in 2006-07.

Thomas and Fernandez are the second Bruins tandem to win the award since its inception in 1981-82, as Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin captured the trophy during the 1989-90 season.

On April 23rd Boston announced that that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was one of three finalists competing for the 2008-09 Norris Trophy, which is awarded "to the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

This is the second consecutive year Chara has been a finalist and third time in his career (2004 with Ottawa).

Chara anchored a Bruins blue line that allowed the lowest goals per game figure in the NHL this season (2.29). He led the Bruins and ranked sixth overall in the league in average ice time (26:04) and finished the regular season with a career-high 19 goals, 31 assists and a +23 rating.

Chara. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
His 19 goals ranked fourth in the league amongst all defensemen, while his 11 power play strikes ranked third.  Chara’s average ice time (26:04), hits (169) and blocked shots (123) are the highest amongst the other two Norris finalists.

On April 27th Thomas was nominated to be one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”
Thomas - who set a career high with 36 wins this year and played in his second straight NHL All-Star Game - finished the 2008-09 regular season as the league leader in Goals Against Average (2.10) and Save Percentage (.933). He helped lead the Bruins to their highest victory (53) and points (116) totals since 1971-72.

Then on May 1st The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien was named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success.”

Julien, who is in his second season with the Bruins, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference's top record, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. This includes a two-month stretch from November 1 through January 1 where the team posted a record of 24-2-1. The club’s 116 points was the third-highest total in franchise history, a 22-point increase over 2007-08 and 40 points more than 2006-07. The Bruins ranked second in the NHL in offense with 274 goals, a dramatic turnaround from their #25 ranking in 2007-08 when they tallied 212, and ranked first in the NHL in defense with 196 goals allowed. They hit the 30-win mark in their 41st game of the season (30-7-4) on Jan. 8 vs. Ottawa, the fastest they have reached 30 wins since 1929-30 (30-4-1). Julien was also the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team this year.

And on June 2nd Chara was nominated for the 2008-2009 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone. The award honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

Julien. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans in compiling a list of potential candidates. However, the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is Messier’s alone.

Since Chara was named captain of the Bruins before the 2006-07 season, the Black & Gold have gone from missing the playoffs in his first year, to winning 41 games and qualifying for the 2008 postseason in 2007-2008, to capturing the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference by going 53-19-10 this past season. He has been named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman for the second straight year and his goal totals in his three seasons with the Bruins have gone from 11 to 17 to 19.

In addition to his on-ice achievements, Chara has been extremely active off the ice as well. Last offseason, he visited Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to focus attention on Right to Play, the international charitable organization that uses sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage. Chara also raised $24,000 for Right to Play by winning the Hardest Shot competition at 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend after getting his competitors, the competitors’ respective NHL clubs, the NHL and the NHLPA to contribute to a pot to go to the victor’s charity of choice. Chara won the competition with a record-setting 105.4 MPH blast.

Keep it here for news all of today’s news from Las Vegas.
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