Boychuk a nominee for Masterton Trophy

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

“He got an opportunity with us and he took full advantage of it," Claude Julien told reporters at Tuesday's practice, referring to the 2009-10 season when Boychuk, at age 26, broke through for the Bruins, playing in 51 games. "And remember, he was a healthy scratch for a long time before he even got a chance to become a regular on our hockey club.

“But when he did, because he worked so hard as an extra, he kept himself in real good shape and kept himself as sharp as he could. When that opportunity came, he took full advantage of it and in that first playoff with us, he showed a side of him I guess really caught our eye and made us like him even more.”

“It wasn’t really an easy road to get to where I am right now," Boychuk told CSNNE.com. "But to get nominated I think lets me know that people know it wasn’t easy for me. It was always just about working hard to get here and stay here.”