UPDATE: Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy on Tuesday night, but the 9-year-old goalie with him had an even better night at the NHL Awards.
Will Lacey, a cancer patient from Braintree, Mass., got to walk the red carpet with the Boston Bruins goalie before the show, wear PK Subban’s commemorative Olympic ring and introduce the winner of the NHL Foundation Player Award, the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron.
"The NHL Network stop right at the end of the red carpet," Lacey told NHL.com was his favorite part of the night. "My friends probably have it on right now."
Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara won’t be the only members of Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask’s posse Tuesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
The netminder, who is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder, reportedly will take along a friend: 9-year-old Will Lacey, a youth hockey player and cancer patient from Braintree, Mass.
Judging by this tweet, Lacey and Rask will both dress to impress, too, wearing John Varvatos clothing on the red carpet:
Rask is no stranger to bringing smiles to the faces of young hockey fans. Back in March, he and the team invited 9-year-old Topfield, Mass., native Maddie Santosuosso to take the the ice with her favorite team and get some goaltending tips from her favorite player thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In addition to Rask’s nomination, Bergeron is up for the Selke Trophy, which he won in 2012. Chara, meanwhile, is a finalist for the Norris Trophy, an award he took home following the 2008-09 campaign.
Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche) join Rask as the finalists for the Vezina. It is the first Vezina nomination for all three goalies.