Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in the last three years Tuesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
The Selke Trophy is annually awarded to the game’s best defensive forward. Year in and year out Bergeron ranks among the leaders in every defensive statistic. He previously won the award in 2012. Last season Chicago’s Jonathan Toews narrowly edged him out.
Bergeron, 28, is the most reliable face-off man in the NHL. He’s frequently called upon by Claude Julien to take the most impactful of draws in his own end. Bergeron anchors Boston’s penalty killing unit and he always seems to be in the right place when defending the opposition.
The pivot man’s plus-minus statistic speaks for itself. Bergeron posted a plus-38 this past season which was good for second best in the league. In addition to his uncanny defensive instincts, Bergeron possesses a well-rounded offensive repertoire. In most cases he turns hard work in the opposite end of the sheet into offense.
Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Toews finished behind Bergeron in the trophy voting.
At this point Bergeron is well-known across the globe and his game is respected by all. There’s no one more deserving, as he shows unparalled dedication to the sport amid every shift.