Patrice Bergeron, of the Boston Bruins, has to be an early Selke Canidate. The Selke Trophy was named after Frank J. Selke. Selke was the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive part of the game. The Selke trophy is the definition of Patrice Bergeron’s game. Bergeron won the award in the 2011-12 season and he is on pace to win it again.
Unlike other forwards who play two-way hockey, Patrice Bergeron hasn’t missed significant time. Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings would be another candidate for the award. However, he has spent significant time on the injured reserve. Patrice Bergeron, like Pavel Datsyuk, is the heart and soul of their teams. The minutes that Bergeron plays are significant. Bergeron doesn’t log garbage minutes. He is not padding the stats in a four-to-nothing victory. He is out there for every important play of the game. He logs short-handed minutes, power play minutes, takes essential face offs and plays four-on-four. There is nothing that Bergeron doesn’t do for the Bruins.
Bergeron is one of the smartest players in hockey. If youth coaches had any common sense, they would have their teams watching game films of Bergeron. He knows the game of hockey. He knows where he needs to be, and how to anticipate the play before it happens.
When it comes to all-around players, Bergeron is the model that everyone needs to follow. Bergeron currently has a +17 rating. It doesn’t get much better than that.