Patrice Bergeron can accomplish history when the NHL awards are handed out after the playoffs. The veteran could win his fifth career Selke Trophy, annually awarded to the league’s top defensive forward.. The two-way star was named one of three finalists for the award on Monday, the ninth straight year he has been up for the Selke.
Bergeron is joined by Sean Couturier and Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly won the award a season ago.
The Selke Trophy finalists were just revealed on @Sportsnet Hockey Central: Patrice Bergeron (for a record ninth time), Sean Couturier and Ryan O’Reilly.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 20, 2020
Bergeron is tied for the most all-time Selke Trophies in league history with Montreal Canadiens legend Bob Gainey. They each have four to their name. Guy Carbonneau, Pavel Datsyuk and Jere Lehtinen are all tied for second-most all-time with three each.
Bergeron first won the award following the 2011-12 season. He then won in back-to-back years following the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. After Anze Kopitar got the honor in 2016, Bergeron again won following the 2016-17 season.
Bergeron was outstanding for the Bruins in 2019-20. Centering the club’s top line, Bergeron collected 56 points (31 g, 25 a) in 61 games and posted a Corsi For of 56.3%. Bergeron had 17 points (9 g, 8 a) in 24 playoff games last spring, leading the Bruins to their third Eastern Conference Championship in his career.
In addition to his four Selke Trophies, Bergeron has also won the King Clancy Trophy. The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually for leadership and humanitarian contributions. He won the award in 2013.