April 7, 2012

Marchand wins Bruins' Dufresne Trophy, Bucyk Award

By Jesse Connolly

BOSTON – The Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association selected Brad Marchand as the winner of the Elizabeth Dufresene Trophy, which was presented on Saturday prior to the Bruins game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. The award is given every season the Bruins player considered most outstanding in home games. 

Marchand buried a team-high 17 goals at TD Garden this season, four more than Milan Lucic, who finished second with 13. The 5-foot-9 winger ranked third on the club in points at home heading into the final game of the campaign.

Marchand was also the recipient of the John P. Bucyk Award. The 2011-12 season marked the first full year of his community service initiative, “Brad’s Brigade.” Through this program, hospitalized children and children in need are able to attend Bruins games and meet Marchand. He also participated in a number of team organized charitable appearances throughout the Greater Boston area this season.

The B’s also handed out the Eddie Shore Award for exceptional hustle and determination, with captain Zdeno Chara taking home the hardware. Chara’s 52 points this season are a career high. The 6-foot-9 defenseman ranks second in the NHL at plus-33, trailing only teammate Patrice Bergeron.

Milan Lucic was named the Third Star of the season by 98.5 The Sports Hub. Bergeron was named Second Star, while netminder Tim Thomas was selected as the First Star.