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Patrice Bergeron is a 2020 Selke Trophy finalist

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I mean, it’s automatic at this point, right?

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Death, taxes, and Patrice Bergeron being a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

It’s automatic at this point, but still worth celebrating: Patrice Bergeron is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy.

The other two finalists are Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues (who won last year) and Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers (who seems to be the favorite this year).

In the “remarkable statistic” category, this is the 9th season in a row that Bergeron has been a Selke Trophy finalist.

Yes, nine seasons in a row. Nine!

Bergeron has won the award four times; a 5th win would see him break the record he currently shares with Bob Gainey.

While Bergeron is great, it seems like this is probably Couturier’s year to win it. Couturier is an outstanding three-zone player, more than responsible defensively, and excellent in the face-off circle.

Bergeron’s last Selke win came back in 2017.