Patrice Bergeron has been described as the heart and soul of the Bruins. The Bruins alternate captain is one of those players who will end up having their number retired when he chooses to hang up the skates. He’s regarded by teammates and rivals as one of the best two-way players currently playing in the National Hockey League. Tonight, the league gratefully showered honors upon the Bruins center. Bergeron picked up two (but in all actuality, three) awards this evening at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Bergeron brought home the Frank J.Selke Trophy (the second such win in his career) for being regarded as the best defensive minded forward in hockey.
Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award For outstanding charitable and community work. For those who have been to the TD Garden, you’ll often see and hear about Patrice’s Pals. Bergeron invites children who have survived or are receiving treatment for cancer, special needs children, or kids from other community groups to come to a Bruins game with their families. The league provides a twenty five thousand dollar check to the player’s preferred charity as well, and Bergeron chose to give the check to the Boston Bruins organization.
Finally, it was revealed that Bergeron will be on the cover of EA Sports NHL 15 video game. When this contest was announced the NHL fan base went crazy. During the voting period, tens of thouands of Bruins fans took to social media with a passion and frenzy usually reserved for the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins fans base pushed Bergeron through several rounds to end up in the finals, where he beat Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban for the honor.
“Being featured on the cover of NHL 15 is a dream come true. 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.” – Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
The NHL released the tabulated votes after the awards were announced. Bergeron beat out all contenders by a wide margin. Below are the top ten points leaders for this year’s Selke. Listed are their total points and the number of first to fifth place votes received. (Makes you wonder which two members thought Patrice Bergeron was only the fourth best defensive forward in the game? Those two must have been from Montreal.) Bruins center David Krejci ended up in twelfth place for overall votes.
1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins – 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings – 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks – 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
4. David Backes, St. Louis Blues – 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
5. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks – 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
6. Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche – 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
7. Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens – 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
8. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks – 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
9. Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers – 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
10. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks – 22 (0-1-1-2-4)
Congratulations Bergy, you had a great season. Thank you for being one of the best players out there and being one of the Bruins.