"In playing in every game for the Bruins this season, and doing so with undying enthusiasm and desire, Mark Recchi proved age is just a number. On a team that's dealt with tons of adversity, Recchi has been a player the Bruins can count on night in and night out for hard-nosed play and leadership. His cordial demeanor off the ice and ever-present smile make him a welcome fixture in the dressing room. All these things combine to make the future Hall-of-Famer a worthy candidate for the Masterton," said Matt Kalman, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and founder of TheBruinsBlog.net.
The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, June 23 in Las Vegas.
In addition, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) will make a $15,000 donation that will be divided and given to Norwood's Matt Brown and Best Buddies Massachusetts. 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 Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney and PHWA Boston chapter chairman, Matt Kalman, will present the two $7,500 donations to Matt Brown’s father, Mike, and his sister, Kelley as well as State Director of Best Buddies Massachusetts, Craig Welton just prior to the start of the Bruins/Sabres game on Thursday, April 8.
Matt Brown suffered from a broken his neck during a high school hockey game back in January. He is currently being treated at the Shepard Center in Atlanta, GA. Donations to Matt Brown can be made at www.mattbrownnumber3.org
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD. The goal is to continue expanding nationwide and at the local community level, while more broadly engaging the global community through their programs. For more info, go to www.bestbuddiema.org.
The Boston Bruins will also present three awards during the pregame presentation: Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination), Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games), John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions) and the Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season).
During the second intermission, Bruins Vice President, Cam Neely, will present the John Carlton Award, named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982. The John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete in an Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey. The award is given to the high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The 2010 Carlton award recipients are Charlie Coyle of Weymouth, MA (Weymouth HS, South Shore Kings/ Eastern Junior Hockey League) and Marissa Gedman of Framingham, MA (Noble and Greenough HS). Accepting the award on his daughter’s behalf is former Boston Red Sox catcher, Rich Gedman.
Charlie Coyle is currently a forward for the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and a senior at Weymouth High School. Charlie was named the Eastern Junior Hockey League's Rookie of the Year, finishing fifth in league scoring with 21 goals, 42 assists and 63 points in 42 games under the guidance of Coach Scott Harlow. Charlie has played for USA Hockey’s Under-18 team in Slovakia and at the Four Nations tournament in Finland. He is also an outstanding student at Weymouth High School, and will be attending Boston University next year.
Marissa Gedman is currently a senior defenseman at Noble and Greenough School. At Noble, she played five years of varsity hockey, where she has been part of teams that have won two New England Championships, five ISL Championships and have made five appearances at the New England Prep School Championships. This year she served as captain, and put up a line of 8 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 26 games. Marissa is a three-time All League ISL selection. She also played for Assabet Valley Women’s Ice Hockey, where she won Five National Championships. She has attended five USA Hockey National Camps and is a member of the 2010 USA Women’s U18 National Team. At Nobles, Marissa also played field hockey and was a two-time All League ISL selection, as well as softball and was a three-time All League ISL selection. Marissa is also a top student, and has been awarded six academic distinctions at Noble and Greenough School, and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.