The NHL has announced its three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy and among the nominees is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
This is Bergeron’s first Selke nomination in his eight-year NHL career. Among the reasons for his selection are:
- his league-leading plus-minus rating of +36
- his league-leading faceoff win total of 973
- his second-best faceoff win percentage of 59.3%
- his team-leading 42 assists
- his team second-best points total of 64
- his team-leading, for forwards, 18:34 time on ice average and 1:48 shorthanded time on ice average
- his career-high 81 games
- his team-leading 67 blocked shots
- his team-leading 55 takeaways
Bergeron stayed humble and steered away from self-congratulations when discussing the nomination.
“I take pride in playing on both sides of the rink and doing the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can and I think this award is somewhat, compensating the guys that play on both sides of the ice so yes, I’m happy with it,” he told Anthony Gulizia. “But at the same time, I don’t really believe in individual awards as much as team efforts. Anytime you’re nominated for an award like that, it’s because of the help of your teammates.”
His coach and teammates piled on the accolades, though.
“The way he’s played this year, the things he’s done to be nominated, how good he’s been defensively,” coach Claude Julien said to Gulizia. “He’s got two young players on each side of him, he’s played against top players all year long and he’s the best plus player probably of that group. Faceoff wise, he’s been utilized in every situation. Offensively, defensively, key situations – he’s done everything to deserve that. To be honest with you, I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t win that. That’s how I feel.”
“He’s a guy that I think you get more of an appreciation for when you play with him. Once you play with a player, you really realize day in and day out how important they are to the team, what a leader he is off the ice and obviously his ability to shut down top players in the league and be a top offensive player as well. If you ask anyone who plays with them, he makes them that much of a better player,” Gregory Campbell said to Gulizia.
“Patrice is a special player, a special person,” Brian Rolston, who played for Boston during Bergeron’s rookie season, told Gulizia. “Obviously [he’s] the face of this organization, and plays both end of the ice, never cheats to the offensive side. When young players come in you can say, ‘Play like him’ and he’d be a perfect example for any young kid in this league.”
Rolston is right–at least one younger player, Tyler Seguin, has said he models his play on Bergeron’s.
“I’ve been saying that…he should be nominated way before this year and he’s such a reliable guy to have on the ice – he plays all the situations,” Zdeno Chara said to Gulizia. “You can really count on him when he’s on the ice that he’s going to get the job done and it’s just a pleasure to have a teammate like that. He’s such a tremendous person, a hard worker and a leader. There’s no question in my mind he should be the winner.”
The Bruins put up a little highlight reel to celebrate the nomination. Check it out–especially at the end when he gets the puck from Detroit‘s Henrik Zetterberg and then shoots it right past Jimmy Howard. Wow!
The NHL Awards will be on June 20 in Las Vegas.