BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, June 21, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named the winner of the 2017 Frank J. Selke Trophy, given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Bergeron was selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season, earning more votes than fellow finalists, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu.
This is the sixth straight season Bergeron has been named a Selke finalist and the fourth career win for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound centerman, who also won the award in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He joins Hall of Fame forward Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens as the only two players in NHL history to win the award four times. Gainey was the first recipient of the award in 1978 and also won the award the following three seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
Bergeron, who served as alternate captain for the Bruins for the 11th straight season in 2016-17, recorded 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 79 games this year. He led the league in faceoffs taken (1,812), faceoffs won (1,089), even strength faceoffs won (817), even strength faceoff win percentage (62.3), neutral zone faceoffs won (324) and neutral zone faceoff win percentage (63.7). Bergeron also ranked first overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), as the Bruins registered 439 more shot attempts than they allowed when Bergeron was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side. The 31-year-old forward was also second in the NHL in offensive zone faceoffs won (420), third in faceoff win percentage (60.1), third in shots (302) and fourth in defensive zone faceoffs won (340). Bergeron won 17-of-17 faceoffs in Boston's 4-0 playoff-clinching win vs. Tampa Bay on April 4.
The L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec native was selected by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.