While the Bruins are in the early stages of chasing hockey's big trophy, two veteran Boston stars are in the running for a pair of smaller ones.
Patrice Bergeron is a finalist for the Selke Trophy, annually given to the league's top defensive forward. Vegas' Mark Stone and St. Louis' Ryan O'Reilly are the other finalists. Bergeron has won the award four times and has been nominated eight straight times. The four wins ties him with former Montreal Canadien Bob Gainey for the most Selke trophies.
Chara was nominated for the King Clancy Trophy, which annual goes to "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
The 42-year-old captain's on-ice leadership is well documented. Off the ice, he's involved in delivering pies to homeless shelters on Thanksgiving. He's been involved in toy drives at Christmas, shoe drives and sock drives, contributing both his time and money to the causes.
Chara will learn whether he's been selected as a finalist on Tuesday.
The winners of both trophies will be announced at the NHL Awards, June 19 in Las Vegas.
Bergeron, Chara and the rest of the Bruins are in the midst of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs.