BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron being named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy has become an April tradition.

The 31-year-old forward was picked as a finalist for the sixth consecutive season Wednesday. The Selke Trophy is given to the NHL’s most outstanding defensive forward.

Bergeron tallied 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 79 games this season while leading the league in faceoff wins (1,089) and driving puck possession with an astounding 61.2 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5.

Bergeron is a three-time Selke winner after taking home the award for the 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

A fourth Selke would tie Bergeron with Montreal Canadiens legend Bob Gainey for the most all time. Gainey won the award in its first four seasons of existence (1978 through 1981).

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