Bergeron not worried about losing Selke Trophy

Bergeron not worried about losing Selke Trophy
June 15, 2013, 3:45 pm
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CHICAGO – Patrice Bergeron was certainly honored to win the Selke Trophy last summer for the first time in his career, but he took care to mention multiple times that he would have preferred another Stanley Cup last season instead.

So the Bruins talented two-way center may get his wish this season: his team is in the Stanley Cup Finals on the cusp of Saturday night’s Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, and he fell just 10 points shy of a second Selke to first time winner Jonathan Toews.

Bergeron won his first Selke Trophy last season, given to the “forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game” as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and actually finished with three more first place votes for the award than Toews did.

But Bergeron (1,250 points) was 10 points behind Toews (1,260 points) in the total tally, and had three fewer PHWA voters that placed him on their top five ballots despite only being on the ice for 13 even strength goals this season. Bergeron also led the NHL in face-off win percentage with a 61.2 percent success rate, and took by far the most draws of any player in the running for the award.

Bergeron did win the King Clancy Trophy for leadership and humanitarianism as an individual consolation prize, but the face-off champ said was more than okay with deferring on the individual awards at this time of year.

“Jonathan had a terrific season and it’s well-deserved for him,” said Bergeron. “It’s the last of my worries right now. I’m worried about me and my teammates, the task at hand and the goal that we’ve set for ourselves. We have a way bigger objective going on right now, and it’s about working toward that goal.”

Friday's Selke announcement was already old news and forgotten about by Bergeron on Saturday morning, and true to his word the two-way center was focused on Game 2, and stopping the Blackhawks cold in their tracks for even split headed back to Boston.