The NHL announced on Friday several award winners including Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews as the Frank J. Selke Trophy winner. The award is annually awarded to the league’s best forward who showcases defensive skills by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
The other finalists for the Selke trophy were Detroit Red Wings‘ Pavel Datsyuk and Stanley Cup Finals opponent Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. Datsyuk won the award in ’07, ’08, and ’09 while Bergeron was the award winner last year.
Toews scored 23 goals with 25 assists, a total of 48 points ranking him second in points amongst his teammates. He also ranked third in the NHL with a 28 plus rating in 47 regular-season games.
The Selke Trophy was first awarded after the 1977-78 season to Montreal Canadiens Bob Gainey. Toews becomes only the third player in Blackhawks history to win the Selke trophy as Troy Murray (1986) and Dirk Graham (1991) also won the award.