Patrice Bergeron is a lot of things to the Boston Bruins. He is an assistant captain. A leader on and off the ice. The longest tenured Bruin, he emulates everything that it means to wear the spoked-B. He is the teams best all-around forward who excels at the little things. He is a great face-off man, a top penalty killer, defensively responsible, and as displayed Monday night, incredibly clutch. He does it all for the black and gold, and yet in the scheme of the NHL, the 9-year NHL veteran sort of flies under the radar.
Last year he finally got some well deserved recognition, being named the Frank J. Selke trophy as the league's best defensive forward, not that there was a single Bruins fan surprised by this news. He has been named a finalist for the Selke trophy once again in 2013 as he looks to take the award in back-to-back years. It's no surprise that he is a finalist after another very solid year. Bergy led the NHL this year in face-off percentage, winning 62.1% of his draws and leading the way for the league's top-ranked team at the dot. He also ranked 6th in the NHL and led the B's with a plus/minus of +24 while also playing an average of 2:12 of short-handed ice time. He has once again made a srong case to win the Selke trophy.
He is joined as a finalist by two of the league's more well-known all-around centers. Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, a three-time Selke winner himself, and Chicago's Jonathan Toews will certainly garner attention from the voters.