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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Patrice Bergeron has been a member of the Boston Bruins for nearly two decades, and during this time, he has established himself as one of the greatest players in National Hockey League history. He is a five-time Selke Trophy winner and wants to add a sixth trophy to his impressive hockey awards collection. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” according to the NHL’s official website. By winning the award six times, Bergeron would be the only player in NHL history to do so.

The Boston Bruins drafted Bergeron in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft held in Nashville, Tennessee, that summer. Since then, he has consistently been one of their star players. With 1,030 points (423 goals, 607 assists) and 1,278 games with the team, he ranks third on their all-time scoring list and third in career goals scored.

In addition to his offensive production, Bergeron is known for his ability to shut down opponents at even strength and on special teams. He was an integral part of the team’s Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, and by all accounts, on the best team in the NHL this season that’s heavily favored to win the franchise’s seventh championship in almost 100 years. Check out the latest Stanley Cup odds and futures at www.comeon.com/ca

Regarding his defensive prowess, Bergeron is among the best in Bruins history and among NHL elite players. Throughout his career, he has won five Selke Trophies and currently holds the record for most Selke Awards amongst active players in NHL history. It is remarkable what Bergeron has achieved during his years with The Bruins as no other player in team history has won more than two awards.

Over these past few seasons with the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron’s contributions have gone beyond being just an impactful player, offensively or defensively; his leadership qualities have made him invaluable within the organization. He often sets examples on and off the ice while supporting young talent trying to find their place within the Bruins culture.

Bruins defenseman and potential future team captain Charlie McAvoy had nothing but praise for Bergeron and his effort as an aging veteran, saying, “He’s always pushing us, young guys, every day… he’s kind of like a father figure.” When asked about McAvoy’s words about him, Patrice replied, “I’m here to help, that’s it…That makes me happy knowing I can still pass something along because there were people who did it with me starting off”.

By now, it should come as no surprise why Patrice Bergeron is considered one of hockey’s greats; his historic career will undoubtedly leave its mark on future generations within hockey circles worldwide, whether through awards or mentorship roles he provides young players within The League. Winning a sixth Selke Trophy would undoubtedly enhance this legacy leaving fans, media members – everyone all around grateful for what he continues to bring game in and game out.