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Apr 16, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, 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 got his record-breaking Selke win a few weeks back, but the Bruins weren’t done with the 2022 NHL Awards, as both Charlie McAvoy and Jeremy Swayman received honors for their 2021-22 campaigns Tuesday.

In the case of McAvoy, it was yet another close finish in the Norris Trophy voting, as McAvoy finished fourth behind Colorado’s Cale Makar, the Predators’ Roman Josi, and Tampa Bay defender Victor Hedman. Listed on 109 of the 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 this year’s Norris race, which was good for 358 points in all (and a 110-point edge over fifth-place Adam Fox).

This is an improvement from last year’s awards, too, 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 funnily enough, Makar captured the award despite Josi having more first-place votes — but McAvoy’s continued climb up the Norris voting ranks is a definitely positive sign for Boston’s franchise defenseman. It is worth wondering, however, is McAvoy will ever do enough to become a truly legitimate contender for the honor given the way it’s continued to trend towards super, off-the-charts offensive defensemen.

But while his Norris bid came up short, McAvoy did get some well-deserved recognition with his naming to the Second All-Star Team. Awarded to the players who collect the most first, second, and third-place votes (voters are required to select six defensemen in total), McAvoy’s 286 points were 10 points more than fifth-place Adam Fox for the last spot on the list.

McAvoy, who is slated to miss the first two months of the 2022-23 season, is the first Boston defenseman to land on an end-of-year NHL All-Star team since Zdeno Chara was a First All-Star Team member during the 2013-14 campaign.


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

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

Swayman is the Bruins’ first All-Rookie Team player since defenseman Charlie McAvoy (2017-18), and the first Black and Gold goaltender to make the squad since Raycroft (2003-04).

The Alaskan-born netminder also made a relative strong push in the Calder Trophy race, as his 210 points were good enough for a fifth-place finish. In the Calder race, Swayman earned 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 straight-up runaway for the Red Wings’ Moritz Seider, with the big-bodied German defender picking up 170 of the 195 first-place votes.

Elsewhere on the ballot, Bergeron finished tied for seventh in the All-Star Team center voting with five third-place votes, while sniper David Pastrnak ranked fifth in All-Star Team right winger voting by way of seven second-place votes and 16 third-place votes.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.