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Patrice Bergeron takes home the Frank J. Selke Trophy

Jun 20, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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Patrice Bergeron is the winner of the 2011-12 Frank J. Selke Trophy, beating out St. Louis’ David Backes and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk for the award.

Bergeron led the NHL with a plus-36 rating and he ranked second in the league with a 59.3 faceoff success rate. He was also averaged 1:48 shorthanded minutes per game to lead all Bruins forwards in that category.

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

The award was voted on by Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and Bergeron won won in a landslide. He ended up with 1,312 points compared to Backes, who finished in second with 698.

He’s the first member of the Boston Bruins to take home the award since Steve Kasper in 1982.

Recent Winners:
2006-07 – Rod Brind’Amour
2008-10 – Pavel Datsyuk
2011 – Ryan Kesler

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    It takes years to get noticed and get credit for what it takes to win this trophy, Im a Wings fan and Bergeron deserved it this one.

  2. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Bergeron is the classic example of a player who doesn’t explode on the stat sheet, but brings SO much game on ALL fronts that he’s sorely missed every time he’s not on the ice.

  3. drewsylvania - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Well deserved.

  4. t16rich - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    My favorite of these individual awards. No argument here, much deserved.

  5. bergeronforselke - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Nice, definitely well deserved

  6. matthews4 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    He is clearly the heart and soul of the B’s. Class act all the way. Well deserved. Jack Edwards can finally feel like they got it right, on this trophy anyway,

  7. nhmac - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I THOUGHT ALEX SEMIN DESERVED IT

  8. govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Looking at the nominees he beat out, it says a ton about Bergeron’s game this year that he was deemed worthy over guys like that. If you get voted in ahead of Datsyuk in particular, you had one hell of a season. Glad to see Bergeron finally get the recognition he deserves- hard to believe that a couple of years ago we thought his career might be over, and here we are watching him get a Cup ring and a Selke a year apart from each other. What a great story.

  9. thesableo - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Much like Ray Bourque was, Patrice Bergeron is a rock for the Bruins on and off the ice. To quote Andrew Ference: “He’s perfect.” Couldn’t be happier for him.

  10. brockohol - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    well deserved…still waiting for the NHL to tell Backes they accidentally gave it to kessler last year

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