BOSTON -- For the first time in his eight-year career, Patrice Bergeron was nominated for the Selke Trophy on Monday, which is given "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The other finalists for the award are St. Louis’s David Backes and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk. Bergeron met with the media Monday on a day of rest for the Bruins before Game 7 Wednesday.
"It’s a huge honor. I’m flattered by it," said Bergeron who had 42 assists and 64 points this season. "To be named with two great players like [David] Backes and [Pavel] Datsyuk like I said, I’m very happy with it. But still I think it goes for all my teammates and I really believe that.
I take pride in playing on both sides of the rink and doing the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can. I think this award is somewhat compensating the guys that play on both sides of the ice. But I don’t really believe in individual awards as much as team efforts. Every time you’re nominated for an award like that it’s because of your teammates and the help of all of them.”
Naturally, head coach Claude Julien gave his support to Bergeron.
“In my mind, there’s no doubt that Patrice deserves this," Julien said. "The way he’s played this year, the things he’s done to be nominated, as good as it gets defensively, he’s got two young players on each side, he’s played against top players all year long, he’s the best plus player of that group. Faceoff-wise, he’s been utilized in every situation, offensively, defensively, key situations. He’s done everything to deserve that. To be honest with you I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t win."
The award will be given June 20 in Las Vegas at the NHL Awards ceremony.