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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 75 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 75 19 24 1 43
M. Lucic 75 17 25 14 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 76 12 29 10 41
B. Marchand 71 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 75 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 72 12 25 13 37
D. Krejci 41 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 74 7 20 7 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 19 12 .923 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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