Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews named Selke finalist

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews named Selke finalist
April 24, 2014, 10:15 am
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Nina Falcone

Jonathan Toews has already built up quite the lengthy resume since his professional hockey career began, and now he may have one more award to add to his list as he's once again been named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

Toews won the Selke Trophy — given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game — last season. This year he's joined by Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar on the list of finalists. Toews said it was an honor to be included with those two.

“Two center men who were the main parts of their Stanley Cup winning teams the last couple of years: I guess, to be compared to those players is what I’m going for as a hockey player,” Toews said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me.”

Throughout the regular season, Toews ranked third on the Blackhawks with 68 points and second on the team with a plus-26 rating in 76 games. He also ranked second on the team with 51 takeaways and won 57.2 percent of his faceoffs this season.

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He tallied 884 faceoff wins, fifth-best in the NHL.

“He’s a special player,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’re very fortunate to have him as our captain. Johnny does his thing. He led the way last night when we were down there and that line scores a big goal when time was running out. But defensively, offensively, he just plays the right way.”

Toews was also named a finalist for the award following the 2010-11 season when he finished in second-place.

Only three Blackhawks have won the Selke Trophy since it was first awarded at the end of the 1977-78 season: Troy Murray (1986), Dirk Graham (1991) and Toews (2013).

The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards show on June 24.