Patrice Bergeron is one of the best all-around hockey players in the world, and he continues to get noticed for that.
A year after winning the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward, the NHL announced Wednesday that Bergeron is once again a finalist for the award this season. Joining Bergeron as finalists are two more of hockey’s best two-way players in Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
Bergeron played in 42 of 48 games for the Bruins this season, where he averaged 19:17 ice time per game, top among B’s forwards. Bergeron, one of the team’s best penalty killers, also led the league in faceoff percentage winning 62.1 percent of his draws. Bergeron was also sixth in the league in plus-minus with a plus-24 rating.
Datsyuk is a three-time winner of the award.