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Thomas & Fernandez Win Jennings Trophy

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez

BOSTON, MA – The NHL announced Sunday that Boston Bruins goaltenders Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez earned the NHL’s William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders for the club finishing the regular season having surrendered the fewest goals. The Bruins also announced the team’s media availability for Monday, April 13, which can be found below.

Thomas appeared in 54 games and Fernandez 28 as the Bruins finished with NHL's fewest goals against (196), edging the second-place Minnesota Wild (200).  This is the first career Jennings Trophy for Thomas and second for Fernandez, who teamed with Niklas Backstrom to win as members of the Wild in 2006-07. Thomas and Fernandez are the second Bruins tandem to win the award since its inception in 1981-82, as Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin captured the trophy during the 1989-90 season.

Thomas - who set a career high with 36 wins this year and played in his second straight NHL All-Star Game - finished the 2008-09 regular season as the league leader in Goals Against Average (2.10) and Save Percentage (.933). Fernandez meanwhile compiled a 16-8-3 record with a 2.59 GAA and .910 Save Percentage.

Thomas and Fernandez will be presented with the Jennings Trophy at the 2009 NHL Awards, to be held for the first time in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 18.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOR MONDAY, APRIL 13:
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The Bruins will be OFF on Monday, April 13 and will not hold practice. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will host a conference call at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, April 13 to discuss the team’s regular season and upcoming postseason. The Bruins Communications Staff will announce the call-in details of the conference call on Monday morning, April 13.

Also announced Monday morning will be the first round playoff game and practice schedule, media availability, credential policies, hotel accommodations and other pertinent playoff-related information.

Head Coach Claude Julien and all Bruins players will not be available to the media on Monday. Please contact the Bruins Communications Staff at 617.624.1935 with any questions.
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