Sunday, the NHL announced that for the 10th consecutive season, yes that’s right, a 10th consecutive season, Bergeron is one of the three finalists for the award.
Joining Bergeron as a finalist is Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers and Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights. Bergeron is a four-time winner of the award in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017.
Bergeron’s numbers this season prove that the 35-year-old is still one of the top two-way centers in the NHL. Bergy ranked first in face-off percentage 62.5-percent (%) (of at least 650 attempts) and it was the 10th highest percentage among centers to take that many faceoffs since the stat was introduced in the 1997-98 season.
In the 56-game regular season, Bergeron won an insane 714 faceoffs out of 1,147 he took. He was also third in the league in defensive faceoff percentage at 59.6%. He was the Black and Gold’s top-ranked penalty killer with a time-on-ice of 97:48. Bergeron was second on the Bruins in total points behind linemate Brad Marchand with 48 on 23 goals and 25 assists.
All season long, Bergeron, who played in 54 games this season, was the Bruins leader both on and off the ice.
If Bergeron wins, it would a record fifth Selke Trophy. Last season, Bergeron finished second for the award to Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019-20 shortened regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winner will be announced during either the Stanley Cup Semifinals or the Stanley Cup Final. Here’s hoping the Bruins are playing in either one in the coming weeks.