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Bergeron Honored To Contend For 5th Selke Award

Nominated for the 8th consecutive year, Bergeron looking to 'enjoy the moment' and turn the page from SCF.

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

LAS VEGAS - Grass is green, the sky is blue and Patrice Bergeron is nominated for the Frank J. Selke award.

For the 8th consecutive season, Patrice Bergeron is at the NHL Awards as a nominee for the Selke trophy, awarded to the player who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game.

Coming off a recent loss in the Stanley Cup Final, this season has a different feel for the Bruins alternate captain.

"It's always a huge honor like I've said in the past," said Bergeron, who spoke on Tuesday at the NHL Awards media availability. "Happy to be here and this year is a little different, I'm not going to lie - with the way that the season ended. It hasn't been a week yet. Still hard to turn the page that way.

"That being said, just here to enjoy the moment and it's always a reflection on how your team has performed. My teammates and line mates and teammates have helped me and I'm here on behalf of them."

Video: Selke Nominee, Bergeron at 2019 NHL Awards Media Day

The Bruins season came to an end a mere six days prior to Tuesday's events, and Bergeron is still processing the disappointing result.

"I'm just trying to slowly turn the page," said Bergeron. "You have to try to see what can be better, what has to stay the same, individually, as a team. That's what you're trying to do. I think it's still early to say that all that homework has been done on my side. I think that the toughest part is to be here to be honest with you and being asked the questions. I think that when we're done with the [NHL] Awards I'm going to be able to kind of turn the page with what has happened and look forward to a great offseason, be ready for a great season next year."

Bergeron's impact on the Bruins franchise has been indelible, and GM Don Sweeney commended him for another outstanding campaign.

"It's invaluable." Said Sweeney on having Bergeron as a part of the Bruins organization. "Him being recognized year after year is a testament to his own personal achievements and how good player he honestly is. As selfless as he is as well, he's pretty remarkable. He's just a complete package in that regard."

Video: GM Finalist, Sweeney at 2019 NHL Awards Media Day

Bergeron is currently tied with former Montreal Canadien Bob Gainey with four Selke trophies. The 33-year-old forward looks up to Gainey for his impact on the game of hockey.

"I didn't get a chance to see him play live but I've watched some highlights and videos and I've had a chance to meet him a few times," Said Bergeron. "He's obviously an amazing player but just a great role model and a humble person. I think that to me that's values that are very important to me."

Bergeron also noted Sergei Federov and Guy Carbonneau as past winners he looks up to.

"There's Federov that has won a few times and Guy Carbonneau as well," said Bergeron. "Carbonneau, I was a Nordiques fan but I watched the Habs a lot growing up and he was definitely a player that I was looking up to. Names like that was pretty impressive and to see and be on the same trophy as them."

The NHL Awards will begin at 8 pm ET, and can be viewed on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

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