Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron wins a record fifth Selke Trophy

“I can really take a step again for the primary time in my profession,” stated Bergeron, 36, with out a contract for the primary time since signing as an 18-year-old rookie. “It is the primary time in my life that I can simply take into consideration what I would like, and look to the longer term… It is the truth that I’ve the chance to do it, and step again, [take] Time for myself, and I actually know what I would like.”

With surgical procedure to restore a tendon he stated he injured two years in the past, Bergeron joined a protracted record of Bruins to go beneath the knife within the weeks for the reason that membership’s Might 14 exit from the playoffs.

Brad Marchand (Hips) is not because of be again till close to Thanksgiving. Charlie McAvoy (shoulder) could possibly be out till early December. Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder) needs to be prepared across the identical time as Marchand. Mike Riley (ankle) will probably be prepared by the beginning of the brand new season in October.

None of that, primarily based on what Bergeron stated throughout his 20-minute briefing session, appears to bear in mind whether or not he’ll determine to pursue his well-deserved profession.

Nonetheless, he stated, the times earlier than the surgical procedure, together with an MRI take a look at and enter from medical workers, delayed the choice course of for a possible return. He didn’t set a timetable for when his determination can be made.

“I nonetheless have quite a lot of time, I believe, to make that call,” he stated. “I’ll ensure that I take on a regular basis I must do the precise time. Now, I didn’t actually have time [to think about it]. “

A broken elbow stored Bergeron out of the squad for 4 video games in March. He underwent surgical procedure on Tuesday – a process not introduced by the membership, in contrast to all different members of the squad – and docs instructed him it will be a ten to 12 week restoration interval.

Lengthy amongst the sport’s premier defensive specialists, pre-eminent entertainer and participant within the 200-foot-tall league, Bergeron outperformed former Canadian star Bob Gainey with Silky’s fifth win.

Gainey received the trophy within the first 4 years it was awarded (1978-1981), a mark that was not crossed till Sunday. Bergeron, who has reached the finals on the poll previously 11 seasons, received it for the primary time in 2012, and adopted it up with wins on 14, 15 and 17.

Steve Casper, who in 1982 grew to become the primary participant to win aside from Gainey, is the one different Bruin to win Selke.

It is a very completely different function than Gainey’s crammed with the Hab, stated Bergeron, who final season additionally anchored the Bruins’ first-team offensive line. “It is a person award, however you may’t get any of it with out the assistance of your teammates.”

Selke provides the fifth to Bergeron’s treasure trove of trophies and trophies, together with the 2011 Stanley Cup – the one title right here previously 50 years – and a bunch of gold medals he received with Workforce Canada on the worldwide stage, together with Olympic victories in 2010 and 2014.

“That is a very good query,” stated Bergeron, and was requested to place the 5 seleks within the context of the remainder of his accomplishments. “Positively for me, the crew’s achievements are progressing…the cup, the worldwide stage just like the Olympics, the world championships and so forth…it is nice recollections.”

“While you battle and also you beat your teammates,” Bergeron added, “these are the accomplishments he cherishes a lot.”

“It’s an honor, as I stated, to really share it with my teammates,” he stated. “It is particular this manner since you create some connections and friendships and there are lots of people alongside the best way serving to you obtain these items. It is good, however it’s onerous for me to pin a quantity, and even rank them, to be trustworthy with you.”

Of the 195 votes solid by the Affiliation of Skilled Hockey Writers and Choose Broadcasters, Bergeron had 160 first-place votes en path to a landslide victory. Calgary’s Elias Lindholm (21) got here in second, adopted by Florida’s Alexander Barkov (10).


Kevin Paul Dupont could be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com.