Patrice Bergeron named Selke Trophy finalist for 8th straight season

Evan Marinofsky
April 17, 2019 - 7:25 pm
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Another year, another Patrice Bergeron nomination for the Selke Trophy. 

This is the Bruins center's eighth (yes, EIGHTH) straight year as a finalist for the trophy that honors the "forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game". He's won the award four times and one more win will move him past Bob Gainey for the most Selke wins ever. 

The other two nominees are Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues and Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Along with Bergeron's illustrious history of Selke honors, the 33-year-old makes a strong case for the award this year. He ranked eighth overall in faceoff win percentage at 56.6%. Everyone hates plus/minus, but Bergeron was a plus-23 this year. 

His offensive numbers weren't bad either, as he posted a career-high 79 points and tied his career-high in goals with 32. 

Many feared Bergeron's streak of Selke nominations would end this year due to him only playing 65 games because of injury. 

The award won't be an easy win for Bergeron. His two competitors are also more than qualifed. 

O'Reilly had a 56.9% success rate at the faceoff dot and was among the Blues' leaders in Corsi-for percentage and expected goals-for percentage despite starting more shifts in the defensive zone than offensive zone. Though Stone isn't a center, his 122 takeaways this season made him only one of two in the league that cleared 100. 

The winner will be announced on June 19 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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