BOSTON - NESN announced today, Saturday, March 30, that Bruins forward Chris Wagner has been named the winner of NESN's 7th Player Award presented by Central Jeep of Norwood on the Automile. Wagner was selected by a fan vote on NESN.com. NESN's 7th Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2018-19 season.
Wagner is enjoying a career-best season in 2018-19 since signing a two-year contract with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2018. He has tallied a career-high 12 goals and six assists for 18 points with 51 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in 74 games. Wagner also leads the Bruins and ranks ninth in the NHL with 245 hits.
Prior to joining the Bruins, he skated in 79 NHL games with the New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks in 2017-18, establishing career highs with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points with 253 hits (3rd in NHL). The 6-foot, 198-pound forward appeared in 43 games with Anaheim in 2016-17, tallying six goals and one assist for seven points, to go along with three goals in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He also added 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points in 30 AHL games with the San Diego Gulls. In 2015-16, Wagner split time between Anaheim and Colorado, appearing in 43 NHL games and producing four goals and two assists for six points. The 27-year-old made his NHL debut with Anaheim on October 17, 2014 against Colorado. That season, he was also selected to the AHL All-Star Game after tallying 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 48 games with the Norfolk Admirals.
Prior to his professional career, Wagner played two seasons at Colgate University from 2010-12, recording 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points in 79 career NCAA games.
The Walpole, Massachusetts native was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
NESN's voice of the Boston Bruins Jack Edwards hosted an on-ice pregame ceremony before the Bruins vs. Panthers game on March 30 to present Wagner with the award. In addition to the 7th Player Award trophy, Wagner will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.
Past recipients of NESN's 7th Player Award currently on the Bruins include Charlie McAvoy (2018), David Pastrnak (2017, 2015), Brad Marchand (2016, 2011), Tuukka Rask (2010) and David Krejci (2009).
The 7th Player Award Sweepstakes winner is Anne Pisarri from Reading, MA, who will receive a three-year lease on a 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude.