Patrice Bergeron won his second consecutive Selke Trophy at Wednesday night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Boston center beat out Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar.
Bergeron is now a three-time winner of the Selke, which is given to the best defensive forward in the NHL as voted upon by the Pro Hockey Writers Association. Bergeron first won the award in the 2011-12 season and finished a close second to Toews in 2013 before earning consecutive Selke wins.
Bergeron is just the fifth player to win the Selke three times, joining Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, Jere Lehtinen and Pavel Datstyuk. Only Gainey has won it four times.
The votes came down to the wire in Bergeron’s favor, as Bergeron recieved 1083 voting points to Toews’ 1051. Kopitar was a distant third with 364.
The 29-year-old Bergeron led the NHL with a 60.2 faceoff percentage this past season and was second in the league with an 8.99 percent CorsiRel. He also led the Bruins with 55 points, tying Dougie Hamilton for the team lead with 32 assists and scoring 23 goals.
While Toews’ quality of competition was higher than Bergeron’s this season, Bergeron had tougher shifts than both Toews and Kopitar based zone starts and boasted better possession numbers.
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