It was a busy night for Patrice Bergeron, who picked up his second Selke Trophy as well as the NHL Foundation Player Award For Outstanding Charitable and Community Work, and found that he’ll be the cover boy for the EA Sports NHL 15 video game after beating out Habs defenseman P.K. Subban for the honor.
More than 10 million votes were tabulated worldwide in the contest that pitted Bergeron vs. Subban in the end, and featured a crazed social media effort to drive votes via Twitter.
“Being featured on the cover of NHL 15 is a dream come true,” said Bruins center Patrice Bergeron in a released statement. “The fact that the cover is selected entirely by fans is an incredible feeling. The passion and support from hockey fans, especially Bruins fans, is unlike any other sport and I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me.”
The Foundation Player Award centered on Bergeron’s efforts with Patrice’s Pals, a movement he founded in 2006-07 that provides children from various youth organizations the opportunity to watch Bruins home games from a luxury suite, and meet Bergeron following the game.
Among the charities that have participated are Boston Children’s Hospital, Defending the Blue Line, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, The Jimmy Fund, The Home for Little Wanderers and Massachusetts General Hospital. Bergeron actually brought young 9 year-old cancer patient and Braintree native Will Lacey up to the stage with him during the NHL Awards show to help him accept the NHL hardware.
The NHL Foundation presented $25,000 to the winner's chosen charitable organization, and No. 37 selected the Boston Bruins Foundation, which assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England.
Bergeron is the first Bruins player to win the NHL Foundation Player Award since its inception in 1998.
Bergeron also crushed the competition for his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three years awarded to the league’s best defensive forward. Bergeron far outdistanced second place finisher Anze Kopitar in the voting, and it would seem that Bergeron, Kopitar and Jonathan Toews will be the names atop the Selke Trophy voting for the foreseeable future.
Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 -- the most by any player in the past seven seasons -- as the Bruins posted the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall (2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +38 rating and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time playing shorthanded (1:57).
Here are the vote results for the Selke Trophy with David Krejci also receiving a handful of votes for the defensive forward award:
1. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
2. Anze Kopitar, LA 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
3. Jonathan Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
4. David Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
5. Marian Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
6. Ryan O'Reilly, COL 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
7. Tomas Plekanec, MTL 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
8. Joe Pavelski, SJ 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
9. Sean Couturier, PHI 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
10. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 22 (0-1-1-2-4)
11. Ondrej Palat, TB 19 (0-0-1-3-5)
12. David Krejci, BOS 16 (0-0-2-1-3)
13. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 11 (0-1-0-1-1)
14. Antoine Vermette, PHX 11 (0-0-0-3-2)
15. Alex Steen, STL 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
16. Paul Stastny, COL 8 (0-1-0-0-1)
17. Frans Nielsen, NYI 8 (0-0-1-1-0)
18. Sidney Crosby, PIT 8 (0-0-0-2-2)
19. Tyler Johnson, TB 6 (0-0-1-0-1)
20. Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ 6 (0-0-0-2-0)