Bruins earn some honors at 2022 NHL Awards


April 16, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) and goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) react after defeating the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patrice Bergeron picked up his record win in Selke a few weeks ago, but the Bruins weren’t done with the 2022 NHL awards, as Charlie McAvoy and Jeremy Swayman received honors for their 2021-22 campaigns on Tuesday.

In McAvoy’s case, it was yet another tight end in Norris Trophy voting, as McAvoy finished fourth behind Cale Makar of Colorado, Roman Josi of the Predators and Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman. Listed on 109 of 195 ballots, McAvoy earned one first-place vote, seven second-place votes, 22 third-place votes, 55 fourth-place votes and 24 fifth-place votes in the Norris race. of this year, which was good for 358 points in all (and a 110-point advantage over fifth-placed Adam Fox).

It’s also an improvement on last year’s awards, which saw McAvoy finish fifth in the Norris Trophy race.

This year’s Norris was really a two-horse race between Makar and Josi – and oddly enough, Makar won the prize despite Josi having more votes for first place – but McAvoy’s continued rise through the ranks of voters in Norris is a definitely positive sign for the Boston franchise defenseman. . It’s worth wondering, though, if McAvoy will ever do enough to become a truly legitimate contender for the honor given how he continues to trend toward super, off-the-charts offensive defenders.

But while his Norris offer fell through, McAvoy got some much-deserved recognition with his second-team All-Star nomination. Awarded to the players who garner the most votes for first, second and third place (voters must select six defenders in total), McAvoy’s 286 points were 10 points more than fifth-place Adam Fox for last place. on the list.

McAvoy, who is expected to miss the first two months of the 2022-23 season, is the first Boston defenseman to land on a year-end NHL All-Star team since Zdeno Chara was a first-team member at Boston. stars during the 2013-14 Campaign.

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Swayman, meanwhile, was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team for the 2021-22 season.

Scoring 190 points in All-Rookie voting (Detroit’s Alex Nedeljkovic was next closest, with three points), the 23-year-old Swayman’s honor follows a 2021-22 campaign that included 23 wins and a .914 save percentage. Swayman’s 23 wins were the most by a rookie B goaltender since Andrew Raycroft’s 29 wins in 2003-04, while his .914 ranked as the third-best mark for a rookie in B-team history. the franchise (minimum 40 games played).

Swayman is the Bruins‘ first all-rookie player since defenseman Charlie McAvoy (2017-18) and the first black-and-gold goaltender to make the team since Raycroft (2003-04).

The Alaskan-born guard also made a relatively strong push in the Calder Trophy race, as his 210 points were good enough for a fifth-place finish. In the Calder race, Swayman got two first-place votes, three second-place votes, 14 third-place votes, 22 fourth-place votes, and 33 fifth-place votes. The Calder was a direct leak for the Red Wings’ Moritz Seider, with the big-bodied German defender getting 170 of 195 votes for first place.

Elsewhere on the ballot, Bergeron finished tied for seventh in all-star center voting with five third-place votes, while sniper David Pastrnak placed fifth in the vote of the all-star right-winger with seven second-place votes and 16 third-place votes. -place the votes.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has covered the Bruins since 2010 and has been a member of the Boston Chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group or their affiliates. Shout out to him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.


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