Bergeron Takes Home Frank J. Selke Trophy
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins center, joined great company last night at the NHL awards in Las Vegas while winning his third Frank J. Selke Trophy. Bergeron is one of five men to have won the trophy three times, others include Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, Jere Lehtinen, and Pavel Datsyuk. Bergeon earned the trophy by proving to be “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” It was an extremely close between Patrice Bergeron and Jonathn Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. Bergeon surpassed Toews with 1,083 voting points to Towes’ 1,051 voting points. This season was very reminiscent of the 2013 season when Toews edged out Bergeon to secure the Frank J. Selke trophy with 1,260 points to Bergeon’s 1,250 points. Other contenders for this season’s trophy included Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.
Bergeon surpassed his competitors in face-offs, ending the season with a 60.2 winning percentage, a statistic that was heavily considered when determining the winner of the Frank J. Selke trophy. Toews surpassed Bergeon in goals and assists; Toews scoring 32 goals with 38 assists, to Bergeon’s 23 goals and 28 assists. Although Toews may have a higher shooting percentage and more goals, assists, and game winning goals, it is Bergeon’s defensive talent that allows him to excel in face-offs, puck possession, and shot-attempts-differential to win the Frank J. Selke award for the third time in just four seasons.