BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, July 20, that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2020 Frank J. Selke Trophy, given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game as judged by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
The other finalists for the award are Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier and St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly.
This is the ninth consecutive season Bergeron has been named a finalist for the award. The 6-foot1, 195-pound centerman won the award in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, tying Hall of Fame forward Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens for most all-time.
In 61 games this season, Bergeron posted 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points. His plus-23 rating ranked ninth among all forwards. The 35-year-old was one of just eight players in the NHL to take more than 1,300 faceoffs, and he led that group with a 57.9 faceoff win percentage.
Bergeron's play led the way for the Bruins' top-ranked defense this season, as the team allowed just 2.39 goals per game. He also ranked third amongst the team's forwards in shorthanded time on ice for a penalty kill unit that ranked third in the league with a 84.3 percent success rate.
With a win, Bergeron would become the first-ever five-time Selke Trophy winner.