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Brock Boeser nominated for the Calder Trophy

It was announced this morning by the NHL that Canucks forward Brock Boeser has been nominated as a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.

The last Canuck to win the trophy was Pavel Bure in 1991-92.

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Boeser’s season was cut short due to suffering a small fracture in his spine after colliding with Cal Clutterbuck of the New York Islanders. But that shouldn’t put a damper on the fantastic season the 2015 1st round pick put up.

In 62 games with the Canucks this season, Brock Boeser posted 29 goals and 26 assists and despite missing the last month of the season, ended the year tied with Daniel Sedin for the most points on the team. That goal total was first on the Canucks.

Boeser finished 2nd in goals scored by rookies and 5th in points.

As per Exhibit 5.2(a)(iv) By being named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, Boeser earns a minimum $100,000 schedule B bonus:

That bonus is paid by the league and does not count towards the salary cap.

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It’s unlikely that Boeser will win the award due to some of the other nominees seasons but that shouldn’t take away from the excitement generated from his season. Canucks fans hope that he will come back next year and pick up right where he left off.

  • KCasey

    What is Boesers bonus totals at now? Even better is what did he earn total this year as a rookie. I remember reading somewhere that McDavid was one of the highest paid players after all of his endorsments and bonuses and now he gets nearly 11 mil extra a year plus all that.

  • truthseeker

    Nice to see he got to cash in on his performances this year. He’s going to out bonus Barzal in a pretty big way I think. Personally if it came down to a choice, I’d rather have the cash over the rookie of the year trophy any day of the week.

    • Silverback

      Rookie of the year can only come once in a lifetime. Boeser will easily out earn the 100k he will miss out winning the Calder. I foresee him earning anywhere from 25 to 75 million in his career, not including endorsements. 100k pales in comparison.
      Furthermore, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Boeser’s career will eclipse that of Barzal.

      • truthseeker

        He made about 700K in bonuses this season. Barzal made maybe half that? And you never know what will happen in a hockey career. Brock said himself his injury was one small step away from career ending. You don’t get that 25 to 75 million until both sides sign that contract. He’s still got another season minimum at entry level, and possibly 2. 700K looks pretty good against 1.8 million in salary.

        If you think trophies are more valuable then fine. That’s your opinion. I don’t. I’d take the money every single time. You can’t feed your family with a trophy.

          • truthseeker


            One year of playing on an NHL team for 100 grand and your team wins the cup.

            Or ten years at 10 million per but your team doesn’t ever win a cup.

            A lot of people talk a good game but I’d be willing to bet they choose the money. I know I would every single time. It’s not even a choice. It’s just a trophy. You can choose to value it over everything else and I can choose not to. There is nothing inherent in the stanley cup that makes it valuable. (aside from the metal…about 11 grand worth apparently). People assign a value based on “feeling”.

            If people want to make it out like the cup (or other trophies) is “the only thing that matters” then fine. But I don’t have to. And I don’t think it’s the only thing that matters. And it makes watching hockey much more fun in my opinion. People who think the only rewarding thing about watching other people playing a game is one trophy for one team at the end of a season are in for far more misery than joy.

            I enjoyed that last Sedins home game every bit as much as any cup final game they’ve won. Probably more so. And I will guarantee you if the canucks ever do win a cup, while I will be celebrating, it won’t be any better than that game was for me. For me things like that are the ultimate point of sports….not winning. And I can honestly say losing the cup to the bruins doesn’t really bother me all that much because deep down I know we were the better team. Just like I know Boeser is an amazing rookie who I wouldn’t trade for either of the other two. I don’t need him to win a trophy to confirm that.

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    I love Boeser, but he won’t win. In my mind, neither should Barzal or Keller. The best rookie in the NHL this year was Boston’s Charlie McAvoy.