Yesterday it was announced that defenseman Johnny Boychuk would be the Boston Bruins nominee for the Masterton Trophy award. The award is given to the “player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, spotsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Boychuk is now in a pool of 30 NHL candidates- one from each team- who will be competing for the final vote during the month of April.
“It wasn’t really an easy road to get to where I am right now. But to get nominated I think lets me know that people know it wasn’t easy for me. It was always just about working hard to get here and stay here,” said Boychuk, who said he was honored about the selection. (Via CSNNE)
Boychuk is an inspiration for any AHL player that wants to make it in the NHL. Though he was drafted in 2002 by the Colorado Avalanche, Boychuk wouldn’t actually see action with the pro team until 2007 in which he played 4 games with the team. A year later and Johnny B was traded to the Boston Bruins for Matt Hendricks and well the rest is history.
The 2009-2010 season was when Boychuk really made his mark with the team. But it was the run for the Stanley Cup this past season that signified Boychuks time as a Bruin and for that he was offered a three-year extension meaning we have Johnny B through the 2014-2015 season.