Patrice Bergeron loses Selke, wins King Clancy
|06.14.13 at 6:15 pm ET|
CHICAGO – Patrice Bergeron was edged out by Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. With 1260 points, Toews finished just 10 points ahead of Bergeron, who had 1250.
Bergeron had the most first-place votes with 78 to Toews’ 75, but Toews’ combination of first, second, third, fourth and fifth votes surpassed Bergeron’s total. Bergeron led the league with a 61.2 success rate on faceoffs, with Toews finishing second with a 59.9 percent clip. Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings finished third in Selke voting with 737 points.
While Bergeron was denied the Selke, he did win the King Clancy Trophy as the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”
“It means a lot, it’s a huge honor,” Bergeron said of winning the King Clancy. “Obviously, anytime you have the chance to help out the community, it’s something that speaks a lot to me and I want to do,” said Bergeron. “Like I said it’s a huge honor, and I’m very happy about it. I like to lead by example and just work as hard as I can on and off the ice and help whoever I can.”
Among Bergeron’s charitable efforts is the Patrice’s Pals program, in which he hosts patients from local hospitals and others children’s organizations at Bruins games in a luxury suite.
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