BOSTON - The Bruins announced their regular season award winners before the Bruins/Senators game on Saturday, April 7. Kevan Miller was named the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the "Gallery Gods"); Brad Marchand was named the winner of the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, determined by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association); Tim Schaller was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk); and Tuukka Rask (First Star), Brad Marchand (Second Star) and Patrice Bergeron (Third Star) were named the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home games over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub). Steve Babineau will also be recognized for finishing his 40th year as Bruins Team Photographer.
Eddie Shore Award:
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has been selected by the "Gallery Gods" as the Eddie Shore Award winner for demonstrating exceptional hustle and determination throughout the 2016-17 season. Miller entered Saturday leading the team with 159 hits and 70 penalty minutes, to go along with one goal and a career-high 14 assists. The 30-year-old blueliner also ranked second on the team with 109 blocked shots, sixth on the team with 19:26 time on ice per game, and third on the team with 2:13 shorthanded time on ice per game.
Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy:
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been selected as the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy recipient for his outstanding performance during Bruins home games this season. It is the second straight season in which he has received the award. He leads the team with 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points during home games at TD Garden this season.
John P. Bucyk Award:
Tim Schaller was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award for his "Timmyheads" charity drive, which he helps run with his brother, Dave. In 2007, Dave was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, Aplastic Anemia, which affected his blood and immune system. Dave needed a bone marrow transplant, so Tim donated bone marrow to Dave. As a way to say thank you, Dave came up with the Timmyheads idea - a larger-than-life homage that showcases brotherly love through a color cutout featuring the mustachioed face of Tim. They sell Timmyhead t-shirts and the net proceeds go the Jimmy Fund, and they have already raised $10,000 this season. Tim visits children at the Jimmy Fund a few times a year and also meets Jimmy Fund patients post-game. Dave has organized Timmyhead games, where friends and family have purchased tickets to games and worn Timmyhead t-shirts and brought their Timmyheads. Approximately 350 people brought Timmyheads to these games. Along with the trophy, Schaller receives $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice from the Boston Bruins Alumni Foundation. Schaller chose The Jimmy Fund for his donation. The award is named after Bruins legend John P. Bucyk, who just finished his 60th season with the organization.
Bruins Three Stars:
The 98.5 The Sports Hub 3 Star Award is presented by Carrier -Turn to the Experts. First Star Tuukka Rask compiled a 21-5-3 record with a 2.19 GAA and .921 Save % in 29 home games. The B's Second Star, Brad Marchand led the team with 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points at home this season. Third Star Patrice Bergeron accrued 17 goals (second on team) and 15 assists for 32 points (fourth on team) during home games.
Boston Bruins Foundation and Professional Hockey Writers Association Donation:
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the PHWA partnered on a program to raise money for local charities by asking the working media who cover Bruins home games to make a small donation when dining in the Will McDonough Press Room prior to games. Through the program, those members of the media who dined in the Press Room were asked to make an $8 donation, 100 percent of which went to the Boston Bruins Foundation. This year, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the PHWA will be donating $25,000 to The Travis Roy Foundation on behalf of long-time Boston Herald beat writer, Steve Harris, who passed away earlier this season.