The Québécois Boston Bruins forward, Patrice Bergeron, 37, has been awarded the sixth Frank J Selke Trophy at the 2023 National Hockey League (NHL) Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN..
The Frank J Selke, fifth and last trophy named after a GM or owner of the Original Six, is annually awarded to the best forward with defensive skills. The winner is selected by a poll within the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). The Frank J Selke has been awarded 45 times to 27 different players since the 1977-78 season. Patrice Bergeron won his first-ever Frank J Selke Trophy in 2011-12 NHL season defeating Pavel Datsyuk and David Backes.
Patrice won his second and third in consecutive seasons, 2013-14 and 2014-15. After a year hiatus, Frank J Selke returned back to Patrice in 2016-17. He couldn’t steal another until 2021-22 when he overcame Bob Gainey’s record of 4 Frank J Selke. Despite the mild hiatuses, Bergeron has featured in the nomination list of the past 12 seasons, a record for any NHL Award. Also Read: NHL Entry Draft 2023: Draft Pick Order From Round One To Round Seven
Bergeron, drafted 45th overall by the Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has played 1294 games alongside the Bruins. He has scored 427 goals and 613 assists, equalling a career total 1040 points. He has won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Bruins in addition to 3 President’s Trophy and Conference Championships each, and 7 Division Championships.
In 2023, Patrice Bergeron pushed Nico Hischier and Mitch Marner into second and third respectively to claim the title. However, He couldn’t be in Nashville to accept the award. Patrice Bergeron and his wife are expecting their fourth child together, due to which Bergeron sent a message thanking everyone for the award.
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