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Patrice Bergeron made hockey history on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards Show in easily the best moment of the evening for the Bruins.
That’s right. Boston’s beloved No. 37 won the fourth Selke Trophy of his career at the NHL Awards presentation recognizing the standouts from the 2016-17 season, and in doing so Bergeron became only the second player in NHL history (Bob Gainey) to win the defensive award in four different seasons. The Habs legend Gainey made the presentation of the award to No. 37 at the event, and it certainly felt like the passing of the Selke baton from the best defensive forward of the last generation to the best defensive forward of this generation.
“I’m humbled. It’s a huge honor. It’s also a huge honor to get [the award] from Mr. Gainey. He’s somebody I looked up to and he was a great role model for kids when I was growing up,” said Bergeron. “It’s a huge honor that I couldn’t do without everybody back home in Boston.”
This particular award had to be extra sweet for the 31-year-old Bergeron after playing injured for the entire season while battling through the discomfort of a sports hernia, and in doing so helping to lead the improving B’s back into the playoffs.
Clearly, Bergeron’s teammates were pumped for him as Brad Marchand tweeted out a little line love after the awards were announced.
So at what point do we change it from the Selke to the Bergy? Congrats berg well deserved!— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) June 22, 2017
Bergeron was the NHL's busiest player in the face-off circle for the third consecutive season, leading the league with 1,812 draws and 1,089 winning face-offs. His draw winning percentage of 60.1% ranked third in the NHL, and he did so while continuing to score high in the puck-possession statistical categories across the league. Bergeron finished with 71 first place votes ahead of second place Ryan Kesler, and third place Mikko Koivu with 28 first place votes.
In the other good news department, Bergeron told reporters in Las Vegas that he’s feeling good physically following surgery and should be healthy and ready to go at the start of next season.
In a move that shouldn’t surprise many, the Bruins have lost defenseman Colin Miller in the expansion draft to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the selection, which will be announced Wednesday night.
And Colin Miller (BOS) https://t.co/H8vVWzQpTj— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 21, 2017
A fifth-round pick of the Kings in the 2012 draft, Miller was traded to the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal after his second professional season. A strong skater with a heavy slap shot, Miller came to Boston having won both the fastest skater and hardest shot competitions in the 2015 AHL All-Star Skills competition.
Though Miller’s skill-set still makes him a very promising player, he’s yet to develop into an NHL regular due to difficulties in decision-making. The 24-year-old was left exposed in the expansion draft as the B’s opted to protect 29-year-old Kevan Miller instead.
Though Miller was selected by Vegas, it is not guaranteed he will remain with the team. Another team could trade for him, with Miller and Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas going back to Miller’s OHL days in Sault Ste. Marie, where Dubas was the team’s GM.