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Bruins Bergeron Named King Clancy Trophy Winner

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Patrice Bergeron (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patrice Bergeron (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The NHL gave out their regular season awards on Friday, and forward Patrice Bergeron was named the winner of the King Clancy Trophy.

The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

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Off the ice, Bergeron’s “Patrice’s Pals” program brings kids from local hospitals and other organizations to Bruins games. They get to watch the game from a luxury suite, and meet with Bergeron after the games.

He’s also one of the team’s most visible representatives when it comes to community events throughout the year, like the team’s holiday toy delivery.

Bergeron says he was raised to give back by his mom, who is a social worker.

Bergeron finished the 2013 regular season leading all NHL players in faceoff percentage, winning 62.1-percent of the time he took the drop. He finished sixth in the NHL with a plus/minus at +24 despite often playing against the opposition’s top lines. He logged 153:37 on the penalty kill, serving as the primary forward on the B’s PK unit, which finished fourth in the NHL with an 87.1-percent proficiency.

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On offense, Bergeron finished the regular season with 32 points in 42 games, tied for fourth on the Bruins, tallying 22 assists (second on the team) to go with 10 goals.

Bergeron was also a finalist for the Selke Award, which was won by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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