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Feb 21, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his first goal of the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

For a record ninth consecutive season, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

The award is given each year to the player deemed the most skilled defensive forward in the game. It is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Bergeron has previously won the Selke four times, in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017. If he takes it home in 2020, it would break his tie with Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Gainey for the most wins in a career.

Before the NHL shut down in March, Bergeron had amassed 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 61 games for the Bruins. He was winning 57.8-percent of his faceoffs, and had a +23 plus-minus.

Bergeron’s fellow finalists this year are Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers, and the St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly, who won the award last season.

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