NHL Awards: Bergeron wins fourth Selke Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boston center Patrice Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for the fourth time as the NHL’s best defensive forward.

He was honored Wednesday night at the league’s postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

Bergeron also won the Selke in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The two-way Bruins star beat out Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler and joined Bob Gainey as the only players to win the Selke four times.

Bergeron paid tribute to Gainey after the Montreal great presented the award to him.

“I think it’s the way that he played the game hard and was always in the right position,” Bergeron said.

“Not only him on the ice, but also him off the ice as a role model, as a person, I’ve always respected him for that. It was special to receive that award from him, because he was such an important player for the NHL.”

Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last.

The Edmonton captain claimed the award as the NHL’s most valuable player

McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s most outstanding performer in a vote of his fellow players. He already knew he would win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion.

“To see the trophies up close and personal, touch them, get your picture with them, it makes it a little more real,” McDavid said. “Today is a very special day in my life, for sure.”

The honors capped a remarkable sophomore season for the 20-year-old center, who won his first scoring title and led the Oilers back to the Stanley Cup playoffs after an 11-year absence. The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

“I’m so proud to be in Edmonton,” McDavid said. “I’m so proud to be an Oiler, and so proud to play with the guys.”

McDavid is the third-youngest player to win the award. Only Crosby and Wayne Gretzky claimed the Hart as teenagers.

San Jose’s Brent Burns won his first Norris Trophy as the top defenseman. Toronto center Auston Matthews easily took the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky won his second Vezina Trophy.

Nashville’s David Poile was named the NHL’s top executive after the Predators’ first Western Conference title, and Columbus’ John Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Anderson left the Senators during the season to support his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against throat cancer, but returned to become Ottawa’s career victories leader.

Bruins lose Miller

The Vegas Golden Knights selected defenseman Colin Miller from the Bruins in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Miller was one of 19 Bruins eligible to be taken by Vegas. Among those left exposed who will be remaining on Boston’s roster are Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Anton Khudobin, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, and Tim Schaller.

“The Boston Bruins want to thank Colin for his time and contributions to our organization,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said.

in a statement. “We wish Colin well as he begins an exciting new chapter.”

Miller played in 61 games for the Bruins last season, notching six goals and seven assists, with an even rating and 55 penalty minutes. He added one assist in four playoffs games.

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