Boston, MA –
|The Gallery Gods and Phil Kessel (photo: Babineau)
Prior to Saturday's game against the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins announced four award winners. The awards were the Eddie Shore Award, Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy, John P. Bucyk Award, and Bruins 3-Stars Award.
Since 1937, the Eddie Shore Award has been selected and presented by the Gallery Gods to a player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination. This year, Roger Naples, Gallery God founder, and five other Gallery God members will be presenting the award to its recipient. This year’s recipient is Phil Kessel who had 19-18-37 totals in his second year as a pro. The 20-year-old’s totals were career bests in goals and assists.
Chosen by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy is awarded to the player who has been outstanding during home games. Chapter Chairman Matt Kalman presented the award. This year’s recipient is Marco Sturm who had 19 goals and 14 assists in 40 home games. For the year, Sturm had 27-29-56 totals. Last season Marc Savard
won the award and Patrice Bergeron
won in 05-06.
The John P. Bucyk Award, presented Saturday by John Bucyk, is awarded to the player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors during his time with the Bruins. This year’s recipient is Zdeno Chara
, who has made a positive impact throughout the New England community. He has offered his personal suite at the Garden- “Z’s Zone”- to children from local hospitals and other children’s organizations at every Bruins home game. After the game, the children are able to meet Zdeno by the Bruins locker room.
Lastly, the Bruins 3-Stars Award was presented to players who have contributed the most the teams’ success this season. Don Sweeney presented the award, whose recipients are selected by WBZ’s Dave Goucher and Bob Beers. This year’s number 3-star is Marco Sturm, the number 2-star is Marc Savard
, and the number 1-star is Tim Thomas
. Thomas was the winning goalie in this years’ All Star game and currently is 4th in the league with a .921 save percentage. This is the third straight year Tim Thomas
has received a star, in 06-07 Thomas was the number 2-star and in 05-06 was the number 3-star. Marc Savard
is also winning a star for the second straight year, he was the number 1-star last season. Savard scored the game-winning goal in this seasons’ All Star game and has 63 assists, ranking him 3rd in the league. Marco Sturm is currently leading the Bruins’ in goal scoring, with 27.