This year’s recipient of the Eddie Shore Award is Milan Lucic
, who has exhibited exceptional hustle and determination in his second year as a Bruin. This year Lucic has registered 114 penalty minutes – which includes 10 fighting majors – and is ranked sixth in the entire NHL in hits with 249. Reaching career highs in all three scoring categories, he has contributed 17-24-41 totals in 67 games this season.Marc Savard
is this year’s recipient of the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy, chosen by the Boston Chapter of The Professional Writer’s Association, for his outstanding performance during home games. Savard has had 12 multiple point home games and has contributed 14-31-45 totals in 39 home games overall. This is the second time he has won this award, the first being in the 2006-07 season.
This year, the John P. Bucyk Award winner – given to the most charitable Bruin – is Aaron Ward. Some of the most significant programs he has been involved in have included “Cuts for a Cause,” “Seats for Soldiers,” “Toys for Tots,” and the “Turkey Drive.” This year the second annual “Cuts for a Cause” will be on April 8 and thirteen current Bruins will shave their heads to raise money for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Last year, this event raised more than $25,000.
Ward purchased $15,000 in tickets – an entire loge section – and saved the seats for soldiers and their families during “Military Appreciation Night” on November 8. This year’s “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive became the most successful drive in Bruins history with the help of Aaron and his wife Kelly, who made a public service announcement asking fans to donate and help improve the lives of children and their families over the holidays. Ward’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Delivery was widely successful. Stop & Shop and Ward each donated 80 turkeys, totaling 160, to a variety of shelters throughout Boston on Thanksgiving Day.
The Bruins Three Stars Award will be presented to the three players who have contributed the most to the team’s success this season during Bruins home games. This season the Number One Star is Marc Savard
, the Number Two Star is Zdeno Chara
and the Number Three Star is Tim Thomas
tops the Bruins roster in points and assists with 24-58-82, playing in all 77 games this season. This is his third consecutive season winning a “star”. Zdeno Chara
frequently matches up against the opposition’s top lines and as a result, faces many of the league’s most dangerous scorers each night. He has played in all 77 games this season with 17-30-47 totals, while averaging a team high 26:01 of ice time per contest. Tim Thomas
is currently ranked first in goals against average (2.11) and save percentage (.932). All three represented the Eastern Conference at the NHL All-Star game this past January.
In 51 games in net this season, he has registered 33 wins and helped lead the Bruins to their first 50-win season since 1992-93. This is his fourth straight season winning a “star”.
Also prior to the game, Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney, and the president of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA), Matt Kalman, will present a check for $5,000 to each of the following charities: Camp Harbor View, Best Buddies and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
Prior to the 2008-2009 NHL season, 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 a $5.00 donation and 100 percent of the donation went go to the Boston Bruins Foundation. Over the course of the season, the Foundation collected $15,000 worth of donations. The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the PHWA then worked together to select Camp Harbor View, Best Buddies and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston as recipients of the $15,000.
"The Boston chapter of the PHWA is proud to partner with the Boston Bruins Foundation in making this donation," said Kalman, the founder/managing editor of TheBruinsBlog.net. "All three programs are worthwhile causes and we know they will put this money to great use in our community."
Camp Harbor View, a youth summer camp initiative of the not-for-profit Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the City of Boston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Best Buddies, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment, and Boys and Girls Club of Boston, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.