BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, April 17, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2019 Frank J. Selke Trophy. Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone and St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly 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 19.
Bergeron, who served as alternate captain for the Bruins for the 13th straight season in 2018-19 and played in his 1,000th NHL game on February 5 against the New York Islanders, recorded 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating in 65 games this year. He ranked sixth in the league in faceoff win percentage (56.6, min. 1,000 faceoffs), second in offensive-zone faceoff percentage (59.7), fifth in power play faceoff wins (162) and 13th in faceoff wins (786). The 33-year-old forward also ranked first on the Bruins in shorthanded goals (4) and was tied with Brad Marchand for shorthanded points (7). He was ranked first overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), with a 56.73% (min. 30 games played).
This is the eighth 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.