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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:07

Tuukka Rask Wins Vezina Trophy While Patrice Bergeron Claims Three Honors

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The Boston Bruins may have exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs earlier than expected, but they were still recognized for their stellar play at the NHL Awards ceremony on Tuesday night.

Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender in the league, while Patrice Bergeron took home two awards at the awards show held in Las Vegas.  Bergeron was awarded the Selke Trophy for the forward who best excels at the defensive aspects of the game, and he also the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for his charitable contributions and efforts in the local community. 

Bergeron capped off the trifecta of honors later on in the night when it was announced that he would be on the cover of the EA Sports NHL 15 video game, edging out fellow rival P.K. Subban in online voting.  Fans were able to vote on the cover athlete by going onto the NHL website or tweeting throughout the past few weeks, with over 10 million votes cast in the final round.

Rask narrowly defeated Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche for his first Vezina award.  Rask was 36-15-6 during the regular season, leading his team to the best record in the league.  He was the only netminder to finish in the top five in shutouts (1st with seven), save percentage (2nd with .930), goals-against-average (4th with 2.04 GAA), and wins (5th with 36).  He is the second Bruins' goalie to capture the award in the past six years, with former Bruin Tim Thomas claiming the award in 2009 and 2011.

Bergeron beat out fellow nominees Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks by a wide margin for his second Selke award in the last three seasons.  He led the league in faceoffs won and ranked second with his career-high +38 plus-minus rating. 

Bergeron is the epitome of a professional on and off the ice.  During the ceremony his organization, Patrice's Pals, was highlighted for allowing groups of children to attend home games from his luxury box and meet the star forward after the game.  Along with the Foundation Award, Bergeron will also be honored with a $25,000 charitable donation by the NHL.

Zdeno Chara was a finalist for the Norris Trophy for top defenseman, but lost to Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Former Bruin and current Edmonton Oilers' captain Andrew Ference was awarded with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership qualities on and off the ice along with his contributions to the community.

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.