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Bergeron Enjoying Another Trip to NHL Awards

Patrice Bergeron nominated for Selke Trophy for sixth straight season

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

LAS VEGAS - An annual trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards is now standard for Patrice Bergeron.


The three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward was selected as a finalist for the sixth straight season this year. 


That run ties Pavel Datsyuk for the longest streak since the award was introduced in 1978, meaning Bergeron holds the longest streak of any active NHL player. He took home the award in 2012, 2014, and 2015. 

If Bergeron picks up his fourth Selke on Wednesday night, he would become just the second four-time winner in NHL history, joining Hall of Famer Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens, who was the first recipient of the award in 1978 and also won from 1979-81. 


"It means a lot to be back here," Bergeron said on Tuesday during the NHL Awards Media Day. "There are so many great players that are at this event and it's always quite nice to be here and have a chance to get to know the guys off the ice."


"It's a lot different environment than being on the ice and playing against them," said Bergeron. "So, it's nice to be here."


"Vegas is really hot right now so I don't know if you can really enjoy the sun as much," he laughed. "But, it's definitely different. There's always great restaurants and great things to do here, so I think it's tough to be bored in Vegas."


Bergeron and his wife Stephanie had an opportunity to check out a Cirque du Soleil show on Monday night called "LOVE," set to Beatles music. 


"I've done so many shows now, it's kind of getting down to a few," smiled Bergeron. "There are not many we can pick from now. So, we went to the Beatles' "LOVE." It was good."


"I wouldn't say that I'm a Beatles fan, but my Dad is definitely one of them," he smiled. "So back in the day, I was always listening to the Beatles in the car or at the house, so I knew most of the songs, so it was a good show."


In addition to his trip to Vegas, Bergeron has been enjoying his summer, and getting is his rehab as he recovers from a sports hernia surgery he underwent on May 8. 


"Definitely a long summer, but it's been good, obviously," said Bergeron. "I got surgery done six weeks ago, so things are going well. I'm doing a lot of rehab for that and so far, so good."


"Other than that, I went home to Quebec City. I'm there for the next few weeks, then I'm going to head back to Boston and keep going with rehab."


Before heading back home, Bergeron will enjoy his time in Vegas, and experience the NHL Expansion Draft, which will be taking place simultaneously with the NHL Awards. 


"It's exciting. It's going to be a different show, I think - I don't think we're going to talk about the awards as much as we're going to talk about the picks and who is going to, unfortunately, leave our team," said Bergeron. "So, it's definitely exciting, I think, for the fans, and I'm looking forward to seeing the whole thing getting unveiled."


"But, I'm crossing my fingers that they forget to pick a player from the Bruins," he smiled. "But I know that it's not going to happen."


The 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. 


Video: Bergeron catches up with Bruins reporter Caryn Switaj

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