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Patrice Bergeron wins Selke

06.20.12 at 9:01 pm ET
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Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy Wednesday night, earning for the first time in his career the coveted awarded for the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron beat out St. Louis’ David Backes and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk.

During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.

Bergeron becomes the fourth winner of the award in the last seven seasons: Rod Brind’Amour twice, Datsyuk in three straight seasons and Ryan Kesler in the 2010-11 season.

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