The NHL Is set to hand out its 2011 hardware Wednesday night, and the Boston Bruins’ Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara are up for awards in Las Vegas.
The Awards show, which starts at 7 PM and will be televised exclusively on the NHL Network and NHL.com, will feature reigning Stanley Cup champions Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara vying, respectively, for the Vezina Trophy and Norris Trophy, for best goaltender and best defenseman in the regular season.
Chara is also a finalist for the Messier Leadership Award, handed out to a player who best "exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season."
Among the Bruins’ finalist snubs: Patrice Bergeron for the Selke Award, given out to the best defensive forward, and Brad Marchand for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the best rookie in the NHL.
But of course, those awards are handed out based purely on regular season performance, and there’s little doubt that Bergeron and Marchand are happy with the trophy that they’ve already won this month.
For a list of all awards and finalists, please see here.