Come on, hockey fans, who else is more deserving of this years Selke Trophy than Patrice Bergeron? The award honors the best two-way forward in the NHL, and for the past several years, Bergeron has been that player.
Bergeron has been nominated for the Selke the past three seasons, and he won the award in 2012. Although Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar were runners-up this season, I believe the only other NHL star that comes close to Bergeron’s defensive ability is Pavel Datsyuk. Toews and Kopitar are both quality forwards and captains for their respective squads, but Bergeron’s pretense on the ice in unmatchable.
He is a beast in the face-off dot, winning 1,015 face-offs last season, which is the most by any player in the last seven seasons, according to a report by NHL.com. He also led the NHL in plus-minus with a rating of +36.
Head coach Claude Julien constantly relied on Bergeron to kill off crucial penalties, and it is no surprise that he also led all the Bruins in shorthanded on-ice time. Bergeron is a huge reason why the Bruins earned the second-best defensive record in the league last season.
At the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, NV, Bergeron receive a total of 112 first-place points for the Selke, while Kopitar brought in an astounding 20 points, and Toews managed to collect two first-place points as well.
Bergeron is arguably the most respected player in the league, and whether he is driving the net, winning a face-off, or killing a penalty, he is always a top performer and a great teammate. No wonder Bergeron credited his teammates for the award.