BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is one of three finalists for the 2011-12 Frank J. Selke Trophy, the NHL announced Monday.
The Selke Trophy is awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
Believe it or not, this is Bergeron’s first time being nominated for the Selke Trophy in his eight year NHL career.
Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus this season at +36 and won the most faceoffs in the NHL with 973. His 59.3-percent faceoff win percentage was second best in the NHL.
The 26-year-old Bergeron led the Bruins with 42 assists and finished second on the team in points with 64. He led all B’s forwards in time on ice (18:34) and shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
The other finalists for the award are St. Louis’s David Backes and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
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