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Two More Trophies for Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
LAS VEGAS, NV– The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named winner of the 2010-2011 Venzina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.” The winner was announced at the 2011 NHL Awards at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.  

In the regular season, Thomas broke the NHL record for single-season save percentage with a mark of .938, besting the previous record of .937 set by Dominik Hasek in the 1998-99 season. Thomas had a record of 35-11-9 in 57 games this season, and had a GAA of 2.00. Thomas has stopped 1,699 of 1,811 shots this season. He finished the regular season ranked 2nd among NHL netminders for shutouts with 9. Thomas ranked 1st with ith a 2.00 GAA. Thomas set a career high with nine shutouts this season.

Thomas led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, where Boston won the Stanley Cup in seven games. He played 1,542 minutes in all 25 games of the 2011 playoffs. He recorded a 1.98 GAA, winning 16 games in the postseason. He had the most saves in one playoff year (798), faced the most shots in one playoff year (849) and had the most saves in a Stanley Cup Final (238). The netminder was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the postseason.

The 37-year-old native of Flint, Michigan was the winning goalie for Team Lidstrom at the 2011 NHL All Star Game, and he became the first goaltender to win three straight All Star Games. This is Thomas’ second Vezina honor in three years, as he was the recipient following the 2008-09 season.

Mark Messier presented the Mark Messier Leadership Award to defenseman Zdeno Chara. Presented by Bridgestone, the Messier Award is an annual award that recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The award is given to a player selected by Mark Messier to honor an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.  

Upon receiving the honor, Zdeno Chara issued these remarks:

“It is an honor, and I am overwhelmed to be receiving this award, especially from someone like Mark [Messier]. Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute [to achieve] something extraordinary. For us as athletes and hockey players, the ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup.  

I have been really privileged and lucky to be on the team that won the Stanley Cup. And I want to thank all of the guys for their help and letting me do my role. Obviously I want to thank our ownership, Mr. Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs, our President Cam Neely, our General Manager Peter Chiarelli, [head coach] Claude Julien, and all of the members of the coaching staff, our medical staff and our training staff.

I also want to extend a special thanks to our teams psychologists Max Offenberger and Frank Lodato. Their work over the last five years has been instrumental in helping me become the leader that I am.  

Lastly, I also want to thank my wife, Tatiana and my daughter Elliz for their sacrifices and always being there to support me.”  

Chara was also nominated for the Norris Trophy, however Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom won that award.
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