Tonight the Boston Bruins made their Seventh Player Award presentation. The award is given to an individual who “has gone above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded everyone’s expectations,”. The 44th recipient of the award for the 2013 season is 19 year old, rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
This season, Dougie’s first in the NHL, he has managed to post 5 goals and 11 assists, good enough for 15th in the league among top rookies overall. Looking at just defensemen, he ranks second with both his goals and points.. He’s also sporting a plus-6 rating on the season.
Hamilton started the 2012-13 season with the Niagra IceDogs (Ontario Hockey League) where he skated in 32 games, notching eight goals and 33 assists for 41 points.
In addition to winning the trophy, Hamilton is also the recipient of $5,000 to the charity of his choice.
While he has been decent in his rookie season, the choice came as a shock to Bruins fans across the social media outlets. Many believing the award should have belonged to Daniel Paille. In this season, Paille has managed to post 9 goals and 7 assist (tying Dougie for points). Two of his 9 goals have been shorthanded goals, ranking him fourth in the NHL. Unfortunately for Paille, the girls love the young guns allowing Dougie to be the recipient. At least he has time to admire his trophy in the stands as he watches from the team box.
Previous recipient: Tyler Seguin