Bergeron named Selke award winner for the second straight year
Patrice Bergeron accepting the Selke trophy last night in Las Vegas (Via NHL Bruins)
It should come as no shock that Patrice Bergeron was named the Frank J. Selke award winner last night, at the NHL Awards show.
This marks two consecutive Selke awards for Bergeron in back-to-back seasons. He now has three Selke awards in his collection, previously winning his first in 2012.
The award is given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. That describes Bergeron's game perfectly. He is one of the best two-way players in the league and truly takes pride in his defensive role. Bergeron led the NHL in faceoff percentage last season, winning 60.2% of his opportunities.
He may have won the award for his outstanding defense, but Bergeron also put up some strong offensive numbers this year. He led the team with 55 points and was tied with Dougie Hamilton for the team assist lead, with 32 helpers.
In a year that didn't live up to expectations, it's nice to see a player like Bergeron, rewarded for bringing undeniable effort night in and night out.