Hamilton wins Seventh Player Award

BOSTON -- Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton was recognized Thursday in a pregame ceremony and given the Boston Bruins' Seventh Player Award.

The award is given annually and voted on by the fans to honor the player who goes "above and beyond" and "exceeds expectations" during the season. In his first year in the NHL, Hamilton, 19, has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 42 games, including a plus-6 rating.

The former first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 NHL entry draft is tied for third in the league among rookie defensemen in points (16), third in assists (11) and tied for third in goals (5).

Despite the award, Hamilton was a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Past winners of the Seventh Player Award include Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, David Krejci and Milan Lucic.