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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:46

Bruins: Bergeron Wins Second Career Selke Trophy

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The NHL Awards were announced Tuesday Evenings and the Boston Bruins first line center, Patrice Bergeron, took home the Selke Trophy.

This is Bergeron's second time winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which goes out to the leagues top defensive forward.

Bergeron was no doubt an anchor on the Bruins this season as he finished with a +38 for plus/minus on the year. The +38 was second to his teammate, David Krejci, who recorded a +39.

At points last season Bergeron was the teams top defender as Bruins fans say Zdeno Chara really regress especially in the playoffs.

The award went out to Jonathan Toews last season as he was an anchor on the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks finishing with a +28.

When Bergeron won the award in 2011-2012, he finished the season with a +36, his previous career high.

Other players from the President Trophy winning Boston Bruins up for awards: Zdeno Chara up for James Norris Memorial Trophy, which goes to the leagues top defender and Tuukka Rask up for the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the leagues top goalie.

Bergeron remains in a category with Steve Kasper as the only Boston Bruins ever to win the Selke Trophy.

NHL's reasoning for Patrice Bergeron winning the award:

"Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015--the most by any player in the past seven seasons--as the Bruins posted the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall(2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +38 and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time playing shorthanded(1:57)."

Also up for the award was Anze Koptiar(LA)--840 points in the voting and Jonathan Toews(CHI)--624 points in the voting.