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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews named a Selke finalist
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward. Toews won the award for the first time last season.
The other finalists are Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar. Here is the NHL’s capsule look at the three finalists:
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 — the most by any
player in the past seven seasons — as the Bruins posted the best defensive
record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall
(2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a
career-high +38 rating and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time
playing shorthanded (1:57). Bergeron is a Selke Trophy finalist for the
third consecutive season; he captured the award in 2012 and finished
runner-up to Toews in 2013.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar appeared in all 82 games and logged more ice time (1,712:45)
than all NHL forwards except Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the club that
allowed a League-low average of 2.05 goals per game. He logged the most
shorthanded time (164:53) among the League’s top 30 scorers, led the Kings
and tied for fourth in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +34 rating
and won 53.3% of his 1,451 face-offs. Kopitar is a Selke Trophy finalist
for the first time and becomes the first Kings player in franchise history
to garner a Selke nomination.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews placed fifth in the NHL in both face-off wins (884) and
percentage (57.2%) in taking 1,544 draws, nearly double the total of the
next Blackhawks center. He topped all Chicago forwards in average ice time
per game (20:28) and ranked second on the club in takeaways (51) and
plus-minus (+26), including a cumulative +7 rating against top Conference
rivals Anaheim, Colorado, St. Louis and San Jose. A Selke finalist for the
third time in four years, the Blackhawks captain is in quest of a repeat
win after capturing the award for the first time in 2012-13.