Boston Bruins: Handing Out 2020-21 Awards

Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /
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TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 09: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins takes the ice prior to the Eastern Conference Round Robin game against the Washington Capitals during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 09: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins takes the ice prior to the Eastern Conference Round Robin game against the Washington Capitals during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /

Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron

Ok, so the Professional Hockey Writers Assocation (PHWA) somehow managed to butcher this award, and by butcher, I don’t mean not giving Patrice Bergeron the award, which he actually should have won, but also, somehow, someway, 11 voters leave him completely off their ballot? Still rather stunning if you ask me.

Anyway, Bergeron once against at 35 years old proved that he’s still the top two-way center in the NHL. You have probably don’t need to be stuffed with stats, which I really won’t do here, as my colleague Matt Hawkins did a nice job over the weekend of breaking the stats between Bergy and the winner, Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers.

Bergeron not only was a tremendous two-way player 5-on-5, but he also formed one of the best penalty-killing tandems with Marchand in the NHL and when there was a big faceoff at any point in most games, coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t have to think twice about which center he was sending over the boards to take it.

While the PHWA somehow glossed over Bergeron’s 2020-21 season, we won’t. His name should be in the NHL record books for winning the Trophy for the fifth time. Next season, barring an injury or something crazy, Bergy should be a finalist for an 11th straight season and next season could be the year passes Bob Gainey for the record.