On Tuesday night in Las Vegas, the NHL will hand out the 2013-14 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
This year’s finalists are Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and LA’s Anze Kopitar.
Only seven players have won the Selke Trophy more than once in the history of the award, and two of this year’s nominees could join that elite list.
Toews is nominated for the third time, and won the Selke last year. Toews is only the third Chicago player to win the Selke – Dirk Graham (1990-91) and Troy Murray (1985-86) – and could become the first Blackhawks player to win the award a second time.
Bergeron is nominated for the third straight year; he won in 2012. Both Bergeron and Toews finished behind Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler in 2011. Bergeron was the runner-up to Toews after last season.