The National Hockey League held their annual awards night on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Boston Bruins had three players up for award nominations, but none left with their hands more full than Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins forward took home two awards and a special honor following the ceremony.
For the second time in his career, Bergeron was named the winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy. The award is given annually to the best defensive forward in the NHL. He is only the second Bruins player to receive the award since it was first handed out in 1978. The only other Bruins player to win the award was Steve Kasper in 1982. This win came as no surprise to most, as Bergeron had a very impressive season on the defensive side of the puck. The 28-year-old had the second-best plus/minus rating in the league with +38, behind only one point to his teammate David Krejci. Bergeron also had the best corsi percentage (5v5 shot attempt differential) of any skater in the league with 61.2%. The Bruins center won the award over Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, who were also finalists.
Patrice also received the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is given to a player in the league each year for their community service. The Quebec native is known for his tremendous character on and off the ice. Bergeron has been a part of many charities in the Boston area, including his own program called “Patrice’s Pals” which gives less fortunate children an opportunity to see Bruins games from a luxury suite and meet the star forward. Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks were also finalists for the foundation award.
On top of the awards Bergeron took home, it was also revealed that he would appear on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 15. Patrice Bergeron was a finalist in the online voting campaign along with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens. The game is set to be released on September 9, 2014 in North America.
Other Bruins who appeared at awards night were goaltender Tuukka Rask, and defenseman Zdeno Chara. Rask won the Vezina Trophy for the top goaltender in the NHL. Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche was also a finalist for the award.
Chara was named a finalist for the James Norris Trophy, but lost the vote to Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith.