For the 10th straight season, Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron has been honored for his two-way prowess as a Selke Trophy finalist.
Joined by the Golden Knights’ Mark Stone and Florida’s Aleksander Barkov as the final three for the Selke, Bergeron’s latest nomination comes following a 2021 regular season campaign that featured a league-high 714 faceoff victories and league-best 62.3 faceoff percentage at the dot for the 35-year-old center. Bergeron also posted a plus-27 rating, which was his highest single-season plus-minus since his plus-38 rating during the Bruins’ 2013-13 Presidents’ Trophy season.
“People are continuing to pay attention because he deserves it,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Bergeron’s nomination. “Certainly, he emulates what that award is all about it, did it again this year. A couple of good candidates as well he’s up against, so that’s always a tough call for the people deciding.
“But I’m glad to see him get his just due and good luck to him. I obviously am biased, but I feel he should be the winner. I’m sure the coaches of their players probably feel the same way, but good for Patrice. And I’m proud of him again for bringing it every year. He’s another year under his belt [and] to be able to keep playing that way on both sides of the puck is kind of a testament to not only his physical ability, but his mental toughness to do it every night.”
Bergeron, who last won the award in 2016-17 and has won it four times in his career, is one Selke Trophy win away from breaking out of a tie with Canadiens legend Bob Gainey for the most in NHL history.
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