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Zee Happy for No. 37

Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 3:03 PM ET / Features
By Renee Anderson  - BostonBruins.com
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Zee Happy for No. 37

BostonBruins.com – Despite leaving the 2012 NHL Awards empty-handed, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had nothing but praise for his teammate and Selke award winner Patrice Bergeron.

“I couldn’t wait when they called his name,” Chara said. “I had such a happy feeling, and obviously I know how it feels and he deserves it.

“I mean he’s just a tremendous person, hockey player, works hard, so humble. You know, I’m really happy for him.”

Bergeron received the Frank J. Selke Trophy given to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." In a landslide victory, he received 1,312 overall points, including 106 first place votes, more than double the second place nominee St. Louis forward David Backes.

The center takes pride in his two-way play, and was quick to thank his teammates and the entire Bruins organization for his success.

“That’s the way I learned to play hockey,” Bergeron said. “To actually win an award that’s given to the best defensive forward, or two-way forward, is something very special.

“But like I said I can’t do this without my teammates, and they’re the reason why I’m here.”

Chara and Bergeron shared the ice quite a bit this season, with each of them leading the team in minutes per game for defensemen (25:00) and forwards (18:34) respectively. Both were also core contributors on the power play and penalty kill.

“To have him on the team playing every role in every situation, crucial times of the games, you can always count on him on and off the ice,” Chara said of the alternate captain.

Despite falling short of this year’s Norris award, the 6-foot-9 defenseman is no stranger to accolades. At last year’s NHL Awards, Chara was nominated for his fourth James Norris Trophy and took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which is given to a player who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. 

Chara’s offensive abilities were also on display at the 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition, where the five-time NHL All-Star registered an NHL record 108.8 mph slap shot during the Hardest Shot contest for his fifth straight victory in the competition. 

Overall, the Slovakian native was glad to be a part of the festivities in Las Vegas, and said it was a nice change of pace from the competitive nature of the season.

“We have a chance to talk to the other guys and see what’s they’re up to, and we’re just enjoying the whole thing,” Chara said from the red carpet. “It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a great place to have the awards

“So we’re just enjoying it.”

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 51 19 26 9 45
L. Eriksson 51 15 24 10 39
D. Krejci 41 12 26 1 38
R. Spooner 51 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 46 23 12 12 35
Z. Chara 49 7 20 9 27
M. Beleskey 49 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 50 3 21 5 24
J. Hayes 49 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 48 7 9 -4 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 18 15 5 .916 2.51
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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