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Bergeron A Finalist For Top Defensive Forward

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BOSTON, MA -- The NHL announced today, May 15, that Boston Bruins
forward Patrice Bergeron is one of three finalists for the 2013 Frank J.
Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who
best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The other finalist
are Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the
Chicago Blackhawks

Bergeron finished the 2013 regular season leading all NHL players in
faceoff percentage. winning puck drops at a 62.1% (549/884) rate. Often
playing against the league's top lines, Bergeron finished sixth in NHL
plus/minus rating at +24. Bergeron logged 153:37 time on the PK, serving
as the primary forward on the Bruins penalty kill unit, which finished
fourth in the NHL with an 87.1% (142-for-163) proficiency.  On the
offensive side, the 27-year-old finished the regular season with 32
points in 42 games, which was tied for fourth on the Bruins. Bergeron's
22 assists ranked second on the team, while his 10 goal output put him
fourth.

This is Bergeron's second time being nominated for the Selke Trophy in
his nine-year NHL career.  In 2011-12, Bergeron was awarded the Selke
Trophy for the first time in his career after winning the plus/minus
title (+36) and finishing second in faceoff percentage to Jonathan Toews
by just .1% (59.4%).

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted
ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season,
with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.

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