Bonjour, mes amis!  I ran four quick miles listening to Coffee Break French and thinking about tonight’s NHL Awards.  The annual ceremony is probably the most awkward of award shows, as hockey players as a group just aren’t comfortable being singled out.   Both the winners and presenters tend to look enormously uncomfortable and the whole event has the atmosphere a middle school assembly.   Anyone who manages to string two sentences together without stammering, apologizing or looking at his feet will probably get a job offer from a sports network!

Still, it is fun to see the players dressed up and there are a number of Bruins to cheer for,  Zdeno Chara is nominated for the Norris (best defenseman), Tuuka Rask for the Vezina (best goalie),  and Patrice Bergeron for the Selke (best defensive player) and the NHL Foundation Award (community service).  And former Bruin Andrew Ference will receive the King Clancy Trophy for his community service and all-around nice guy-ness.   Among his other good deeds, he brought the November Project to Edmonton, which is pretty great.  If I ever get super fit, I’d like to try that here in Mount Vernon!