"Itís a huge honor. Iím flattered by it," Bergeron said. "To be named with two great players like [David] Backes and [Pavel] Datsyuk like I said, Iím very happy with it. But still I think it goes for all my teammates and I really believe that."
Bergeron had 42 assists and finished with 64 points this season. This is the first time Bergeron has been nominated for the award in his eight-year career. St. Louisís David Backes and Detroitís Pavel Datsyuk are the other two nominees.
"In my mind , thereís no doubt that Patrice deserves this," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. " The way heís played this year, the things heís done to be nominated, as good as it gets defensively, heís got two young players on each side, heís played against top players all year long, heís the best plus player of that group. Faceoff-wise, heís been utilized in every situation -- offensively, defensively, key situations. Heís done everything to deserve that. To be honest with you Iíd be very disappointed if he didnít win."
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20.
"I take pride in playing on both sides of the rink and doing the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can. I think this award is somewhat compensating the guys that play on both sides of the ice. But I donít really believe in individual awards as much as team efforts. Every time youíre nominated for an award like that itís because of your teammates and the help of all of them," Bergeron said.