LAS VEGAS - A June trip to the NHL Awards has become an annual occurrence for Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
Nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the fourth straight year, Bergeron has consistently build his reputation as one of the NHL’s top defensive forwards.
Bergeron won the award given to the "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game" last year in 2014 and previously in 2012.
The B’s alternate captain spent Tuesday afternoon entertaining reporters (and the BostonBruins.com crew) during the 2015 NHL Awards Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The awards show is set for Wednesday night at MGM Grand at 4:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. ET).
“It’s always nice to be here and be enjoying a few days,” said Bergeron. “And meet a few guys that you actually battle against throughout the years and it’s nice to see them in a more laid back atmosphere.”
When a player frequents the awards as often as Bergeron has, it provides an opportunity to share the experience with others. Bergeron invited his brother, Guillaume, to join him for the festivities.
“It’s pretty special to be able to share this with him,” Bergeron smiled. “He’s been my biggest fan from day one, so it’s nice to be here and spend a few days together and relax. He’s been lucky enough to take some time off from his job, so it’s nice to have him with me.”
Bergeron doesn’t do much over the top, however, so he’ll be staying low key and relaxing for the next couple of days.
The rest of the offseason, he’s doing the opposite. For a player who keeps himself consistency at the top of the League in all areas of the game, the secret is never stop improving his game at both ends of the ice.
“I think it’s about, first of all, the details, and taking a lot of pride in that,” said Bergeron. “You know, consistency is one thing that’s hard to have, but it’s really important to not only help your team, but also to find ways to win games and to also be satisfied and happy with the way you’re playing.”
“So I try to work on my consistency and my speed and my shot - there’s a lot of things that you can work on, but really also looking at video of yourself and the way that you play on the ice, and the way you compete, to make sure that it’s up to the standards that you put for yourself. And if you feel like you need to be better, it definitely helps to watch video.”
While this is Bergeron’s fourth straight year receiving the nomination, he’s sharing the candidacy for the second straight year with both Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar.
“Consistency is definitely one of the things that I see in them that I can definitely take and put into my game,” Bergeron said, admiring his fellow finalists’ all-around play. “I think their compete level, their smarts on the ice and their work ethic. I have tremendous respect for both of them. It’s just an honor to be named in the same category as them.”
With the finalists’ two-way games all respected immensely around the League, maybe to decide the award’s winner we’ll just have them take faceoffs against each other and set up a back checking competition?
“I’m up for that,” laughed Bergeron. “I wouldn’t mind doing that. It’s always great battles against them.”
Always great battles, and Bergeron, the center with the NHL’s best faceoff percentage, usually wins.
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