BERGERON NAMED WINNER OF THE 2014 FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY
BOSTON, MA -- The NHL announced today, June 24, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named the winner of the 2013-14 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
Bergeron completed the 2014 campaign ranked third in the league in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 58.6% rate (1,015-for-1,732), with his 1,015 faceoff wins leading the NHL. Often charged with the task of shutting down the opposition's top line in both even strength and shorthanded situations, the centerman finished second in the league in plus/minus rating at plus-38, behind teammate David Krejci (plus-39). Bergeron finished 66 of 80 regular season games played with an even or positive rating.
Serving as one of the Bruins primary penalty killers, Bergeron was critical to the B's shorthanded special teams success, helping the Black & Gold finish eighth in the league on the PK (83.6%). Offensively, Bergeron enjoyed a very successful season, finishing tied for first on the Bruins in goals (30), second in points (62) and tied for third in assists (32).
This marks Bergeron's second Selke Trophy win after first winning the award in 2011-12 season. This was also the third consecutive year Bergeron has been a finalist for this honor.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.
The other finalists were Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
BERGERON NAMED WINNER OF THE 2014 NHL FOUNDATION AWARD
BOSTON, MA -- The NHL announced today, June 24, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named the winner of the 2014 NHL Foundation Award. The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community." This marks the first time Bergeron has been named the winner of the NHL Foundation Award.
Bergeron’s charitable contributions away from TD Garden have been consistent since joining the B's in the 2004-05 campaign. The Bruins Alternate Captain has been involved in countless charitable endeavors over the years, including the development of the Patrice’s Pals program, which brings patients from local hospitals and other children’s organizations to TD Garden to experience a Bruins home game. Children invited to the game watch the Bruins sit in the official Patrice’s Pals luxury suite and meet Bergeron postgame where he signs autographs and take pictures.
To date, children from Children's Hospital Boston, the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brother and Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay, Oak Square YMCA, Shriners Hospital, The Jimmy Fund, Home for Little Wanderers, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, among many others, have all participated in Patrice's Pals.
Danny Keefe, a Bridgewater, MA first grader, was a guest for Patrice’s Pals earlier this season. Danny, who suffers from a speech impediment, wears a suit, tie, and fedora to school every day. When kids at the school began bullying Danny for his speech impediment along with his choice of clothing, the Bridgewater Peewee Football team decided to stand behind their Water Coach and host a "Danny Appreciation Day". On "Danny Appreciation Day", the entire Peewee Football team wore suits and ties to school to stand in solidarity with their teammate. The Bruins and Bergeron hosted Danny and his teammates to reward and commend the youngsters for their bravery and efforts to stop bullying.
Bergeron also regularly spearheads the Bruins organization's charitable initiatives such as the Holiday Toy Drive, makes personal visits to hospitals in the Greater Boston Area, and supports his teammates community efforts as well, like Shawn Thornton's Annual Cuts for a Cause event.
Last year, Bergeron was named the 2013 King Clancy Trophy Winner, which is awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
The other finalists were Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.
TUUKKA RASK NAMED WINNER OF THE 2014 VEZINA TROPHY
BOSTON, MA - The NHL announced today, June 24, that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been named winner of the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.”
Rask finished the regular season establishing career bests in shutouts (seven), wins (36) and games played (58). His shutout total led all NHL goaltenders while his 36 wins ranked fifth. Rask also posted a 2.04 goals against average, which ranked fourth in the NHL while his .930 save percentage was second only to Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933 in 29 games). Rask surrendered two or less goals in 38 of his 58 appearances in the 2013-14 campaign.
This marks Rask's first Vezina Trophy win.
The 6'2'', 185-pound native of Tampere, Finland was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by Boston on June 24, 2006 in exchange for Andrew Raycroft.
General Managers of all 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.
The other finalists for the award were Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche.
TOREY KRUG NAMED TO THE 2013- 2014 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
BOSTON, MA - The NHL announced today, June 24, that Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was named to the 2013-2014 NHL All-Rookie Team. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association voted for the NHL All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the regular season. Krug is the first Bruins player to be named to an NHL All-Rookie Team since Brad Boyes was after the 2005-06 season.
In his first full season at the NHL level, Krug appeared in 79 regular season games, potting 14 goals (second among B’s defensemen) to become the fifth rookie blueliner in team history to score 10 or more goals. His 14 goals rank third overall among all-time B’s rookie denfensemen behind Ray Bourque’s 17 in 1979-80 and Greg Hawgood’s 16 in 1988-89. Krug’s 26 assists in 2013-14 ranked first among Bruins D-men, while his 40 points were tied for first among blueliners with B’s captain Zdeno Chara. The 23-year-old finished 2014 fourth overall in the NHL rookie scoring race, but was first among NHL rookie defensemen.
In total, Krug has played in 82 NHL games, where he has racked up 14-28=42 totals with a plus-17 rating.
The 5'9", 180-pound D-man hails from Livonia, Michigan and was signed as a free agent by Boston on March 25, 2012.
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