According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrice Bergeron of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec is one of three finalists for the 2016 Selke Trophy. The award is presented to the best defensive forward in the National Hockey League.
Bergeron, a center for the Boston Bruins, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, has now been nominated for the Selke Trophy for five consecutive years. Bergeron won the award in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
He is one of four players to win the Selke Trophy at least thrice. He is joined by Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens who has won the Selke Trophy four times, Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens (three times), Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars (three times) and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings (three times).
Bergeron is one of three players nominated for the award. He is joined by Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
Bergeron led the NHL with 1130 faceoff wins and was a +12 on a Bruins’ team that that missed the playoffs. Kesler led the NHL in defensive zone faceoff wins (441) and shorthanded faceoff wins (168) on a Ducks team that had the fewest goals allowed in the NHL and the league’s best penalty killing unit. Kopitar was second in the NHL this season in plus/minus. His +34 was only one back of his teammate, Tyler Toffoli at +35.