BOSTON - The Bruins announced their regular season award winners before the Bruins/Lightning game on Saturday, April 6. Jake DeBrusk 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); Zdeno Chara was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk); and Brad Marchand (First Star), Patrice Bergeron (Second Star) and David Pastrnak (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). Tuukka Rask will also be honored for becoming the franchise's all-time leader in wins.
Eddie Shore Award:
Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk has been selected by the "Gallery Gods" as the Eddie Shore Award winner for demonstrating exceptional hustle and determination throughout the 2018-19 season. The 22-year-old, who is in just his second NHL season with Boston, ranks fourth on the team with 27 goals to go along with 15 assists for 42 points in 67 games. He is one of just 11 Bruins all-time to reach the 27-goal mark in their second season, and only the third to do so since 1993-94 (Patrice Bergeron, 31 in 2005-06 and Tyler Seguin, 29 in 2011-12).
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 third straight season in which he has received the award. He leads the team with 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points with a plus-14 rating during home games at TD Garden this season.
John P. Bucyk Award:
Zdeno Chara was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award for his contributions to the Boston community this season. He took part in the Bruins' Pucks and Paddles event to benefit Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. He also visited local children's hospitals for Halloween and Christmas, delivering toys and helping to brighten the days of the kids who have to spend their holidays away from home. For the fourth straight year, Chara and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners teamed up with Cradles to Crayons and DCF Wonderfund, both non-profits that ensure positive living conditions for children, to lead their annual PJ Drive to benefit Massachusetts' youth in need. This season, Chara also continued the Bruins annual tradition of donating 400 pies purchased from Mike's Pastry in the North End for Thanksgiving and delivering them to local organizations. In addition to personally donating and delivering the pies on Thanksgiving morning, Chara also encouraged fans to give back to those in need by donating $33 to benefit the Boston Children's Patient and Family Holiday Support Program, which helps families struggling with food insecurity this holiday season. Any fan who raises or donated more than $100 received an autographed Zdeno Chara 8x10 photo. Chara has made several other visits to the community, including stops at the Perkins School for the Blind to play goal ball with the students, the Warren Prescott School in Charlestown to assist with a first-grade classroom, and the Italian Home for Children to deliver 120 winter hats and pairs of sneakers as holiday gifts. Most recently, he teamed up with New Balance and Soles4Souls to collect and donate shoes for children in need. In addition to personally donating $7,500 worth of New Balance products to underserved communities in Boston and Slovakia, he visited the New Balance headquarters store on March 6 to encourage Bruins fans to donate. Along with the trophy, Chara receives $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice from the Boston Bruins Alumni Foundation. The award is named after Bruins legend John P. Bucyk, who just finished his 61st 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 Brad Marchand led the team with 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points with a plus-14 rating at home this season. The B's Second Star, Patrice Bergeron, totaled 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points with a plus-12 rating in just 33 home games. Third Star David Pastrnak also tallied 21 goals with 25 assists for 46 points in 32 games at TD Garden this year.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will also be honored in an on-ice ceremony prior to puck drop for becoming the franchise's all-time leader in wins. He passed Cecil "Tiny" Thompson with his 253rd career NHL win on February 3 against the Washington Capitals, making 24 saves in a 1-0 shutout. The 32-year-old netminder now has 265 career NHL wins in 494 career appearances.