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Toews wins first Selke Trophy

Jun 14, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won his first-ever Frank J. Selke trophy as the league’s best defensive forward, beating out Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk — a three-time winner — and last year’s winner, Patrice Bergeron.

The win comes after Toews finished second to Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler for the award in 2011.

“Captain Serious” finished third in the NHL with a plus-28 rating this season and tied for the league lead in takeaways, with 56. He boasted a stellar 59.9 faceoff winning percentage and was a key part of Chicago’s penalty kill, which was the third best during the regular season.

With the win, Toews becomes just the third Chicago forward to win the award, joining Dirk Graham (1990-91) and Troy Murray (1985-86).

Top 10 voting results for 2013 Selke

(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place votes in parentheses)

1. Jonathan Toews, CHI 1260 (75-51-20-16-5)

2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1250 (78-44-24-12-6)

3. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 737 (8-37-58-31-15)

4. Anze Kopitar, L.A. 266 (4-7-19-25-7)

5. David Backes, STL 240 (3-10-12-17-29)

6. Jay McClement, TOR 142 (4-2-7-13-14)

7. Pascal Dupuis, PIT 111 (4-3-5-6-7)

8. Ryan Callahan, NYR 101 (1-3-6-8-16)

9. Derek Stepan, NYR 98 (1-2-5-14-7)

10. Marian Hossa, CHI 78 (1-4-3-4-13)

  1. hammerhead5573 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    All the choices were good. Towes definitely plays both ends of the ice really well, so I can see him winning it. Some will agree with this choice while others wont, but I see no issue with this choice

    • Windmiller4 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Yea you really couldn’t go wrong with picking any of the three to win

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Took the words right out of my mouth. Even as a Red Wings fan, I can acknowledge all three are quite awesome defensive forwards.

  2. Windmiller4 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Im surprised Ovechkin didn’t get more consideration for it.

  3. 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Jeez. That must have been a hard pick. All three were extremely deserving. Only award without a clear favourite in my mind (you know, since the Norris is just the Art Ross for Defense now).

  4. adambballn - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Wow… 10 points between Toews and Bergeron… doesn’t get much closer than that.

    • sabatimus - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      With 3 more first-place votes going to Bergeron. Given all that I have no problem with Bergeron not winning the award. I’m also much more concerned about the Cup…

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Exactly. Nobody says, “well it’s ok, at least we got the Selke”.

      • alexbaymac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        I’m pretty sure the cup is Toews only focus as well. But it’ll be nice to have both this AND the cup, too. ;-)

  5. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Sorta like the popular vote in the presidential election. Bergeron actually won more of the votes as the #1 defensive forward in the game, but since he didn’t get the right number of 2nd place-5th place votes he loses out on the win. I definitely thought he had it. Congrats to Toews, though! It’s not like he doesn’t have an argument as to why he deserves it. He had a heck of a year! Like I said in my post earlier today, I don’t think either of them really care about it at this point in time. They’ve only got one trophy on their mind and it sure ain’t the Selke.

  6. kicksave1980 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Anyone else hate the new timing of the award presentations? I never really watched the broadcasts of the awards, but I always thought it was a good cap to the season. This time should be about the Bruins and Blackhawks.

    Really not a big deal to me, I just think the timing is odd.

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      I think it’s only because the playoffs started later than usual.

  7. pedroskybb - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    A flawed system when you can win more 1st place votes and lose…

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Why don’t you come up with a better one then?

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