BOSTON — Jack Edwards can stop campaigning.
Today the Bruins play-by-play man and several more of the team’s brass and fan base got their wish, as center Patrice Bergeron was named as one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis’ David Backes are the other finalists, as selected by a vote of the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
The winner will be named at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas June 20.
This is Bergeron’s first time as a finalist for the award. He led the NHL with a plus-36 rating and was 0.1 behind Jonathan Toews of Chicago for the league’s faceoff percentage lead (Bergeron finished at 59.3). Along the way, he still scored 22 goals as one of Boston’s six 20-goal scorers.
The Bruins have today off after they won Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with Washington Sunday. They’ll skate again Tuesday to prep for Game 7, which is Wednesday.