BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, April 19, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2018 Frank J. Selke Trophy. Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar and Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier are the other two finalists for the award, which is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season, and will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.
Bergeron, who served as alternate captain for the Bruins for the 12th straight season in 2017-18, recorded 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points with 26 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 64 games this year. He ranked fifth in the league in faceoff win percentage (57.3, min. 1,000 faceoffs), 12th in faceoffs won (784), third in even strength faceoff win percentage (58.0, min. 500 faceoffs won), first in shorthanded faceoff win percentage (58.3, min. 50 faceoffs won). The 32-year-old forward also ranked second overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), with a 57.56%.