BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, April 19, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2018 Frank J. Selke Trophy. Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar and Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier are the other two finalists for the award, which is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season, and will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.
Bergeron, who served as alternate captain for the Bruins for the 12th straight season in 2017-18, recorded 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points with 26 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 64 games this year. He ranked fifth in the league in faceoff win percentage (57.3, min. 1,000 faceoffs), 12th in faceoffs won (784), third in even strength faceoff win percentage (58.0, min. 500 faceoffs won), first in shorthanded faceoff win percentage (58.3, min. 50 faceoffs won). The 32-year-old forward also ranked second overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), with a 57.56%.
This is the seventh straight season Bergeron has been named a Selke finalist. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound centerman is the only active player to win the award four times, taking home the trophy in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Bergeron and Hall of Fame forward Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens are 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.
The L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec native was selected by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.