You know the end of the season is approaching when the Bruins and their broadcast partners start handing out their annual in-house awards.
The B’s announced several different awards during tonight’s game against the New York Rangers, with Brad Marchand taking home top honors.
Eddie Shore Award: Brad Marchand
The Gallery Gods give this award to the player who demonstrates “exceptional hustle and determination throughout the season.”
I’d say Marchand is a deserving recipient.
Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy: Brad Marchand
This award goes to the player who is the best performer on home ice over the course of the season. Prior to tonight’s game, Marchand had 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in just 23 home games.
Once again, I’d say that’s a deserving recipient.
John P. Bucyk Award: Charlie Coyle
This award goes to a player who has outstanding “contributions in and around the Boston Community this season.”
Coyle (did you know he’s from Weymouth?) has always been a great community guy, and is a worthy winner of this award.
98.5 The Sports Hub Three Stars of the Season
Marchand took home the first star, Patrice Bergeron took home the second star, and Craig Smith took home the third star.
No offense to Smith, but the cynic in me says they didn’t choose David Pastrnak (who has 45 points to Smith’s 32) because then your three stars would just be your first line.
Still, it’s a nice nod for Smith, who has really come to life in recent weeks after an up-and-down first season in Boston.
You already know all about the first two guys.
Congrats to all of the winners!