Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins won his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons Tuesday night at the 2014 NHL Awards. The award is given "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
From the NHL:
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)
You could make a strong argument any of the three were deserving of the award, but judging how the writer's voted, they felt Bergeron was the clear winner, and if you look at his numbers, they were right.
Here's how the voting broke down for the top 20 finishers:
Pretty big drop off after David Backes in fourth place.
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- Sports & Recreation
- Ice Hockey
- Patrice Bergeron
- Boston Bruins
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Los Angeles Kings
- Frank J. Selke Trophy
- Anze Kopitar