BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, June 6, that Boston Bruins Captain Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2021 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 Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov and Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone.
This is the 10th consecutive season Bergeron has been named a finalist for the award. The 6-foot-1, 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. With a win, Bergeron would become the first-ever five-time Selke Trophy winner.
In 54 games this season, Bergeron posted 23 goals and 25 assists for 48 points. His plus-27 rating ranked fourth among all forwards. The 35-year-old was one of just five players in the NHL to take more than 1,100 faceoffs. Bergeron led the NHL with 714 faceoff wins and also led the league with a 62.2 faceoff win percentage.
Bergeron's play helped lead the way for the Bruins' defense this season, as the team allowed just 2.39 goals per game, tied for the fourth lowest mark in the league. He also ranked third amongst the team's forwards in shorthanded time on ice for a penalty kill unit that ranked second in the league with an 86.0 percent success rate.