BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, January 10, that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and goaltender Tuukka Rask have been named to the 2017 NHL All-Star team. This is the first All-Star Game selection for both Marchand and Rask. For the full 2017 All-Star rosters, visit NHL.com.
Marchand, 28, leads the Bruins in points this season with 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in 43 games, to go along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating. Last season, he established career-highs in goals (37) and points (60), while adding 90 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 77 games. His 37 goals ranked sixth in the NHL and were the most by a Bruins player since Glen Murray (44) in 2002-03.
Since 2010-11 - his first full NHL season with the Bruins - Marchand leads the league in plus/minus (plus-145) and shorthanded goals (20). For his career, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward has played in 497 NHL games - all with the Bruins - tallying 166 goals and 157 assists for 323 points with 476 penalty minutes.
Marchand has also appeared in 66 postseason games with the Black and Gold from 2010-14, compiling 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points with 81 penalty minutes. During the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championship run in 2011, Marchand potted 11 goals - second-most in the postseason behind teammate David Krejci.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (71 overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Rask, 29, is tied for first in the NHL in shutouts (5), third in the NHL in goals against average (1.93), tied for third in the NHL in wins (20) and tied for fifth in the NHL in save percentage (.928) this season.
In 2013-14, Rask was named to the NHL's official First All-Star Team and won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender in the league, after posting a 36-15-6 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
For his career, Rask has played in 362 games, compiling a 187-112-46 record with a 2.21 goals against average and .924 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 178-pound netminder has also appeared in 47 postseason games with the Black and Gold from 2009-14, notching a 28-19-0 record with a 2.11 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
The Savonlinna, Finland native was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (21 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.