From the NHL release:
Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for 2012-13, in recognition of “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Toews received 75 first-place votes among the 179 ballots cast and polled 1,260 points to edge last year’s Selke Trophy recipient and 2013 Stanley Cup Final opponent Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins in a photo finish. Bergeron received 1,250 points, including 78 first-place votes. Points are allocated on 10-7-5-3-1 basis for first through fifth place.
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, voted a Selke Trophy finalist for a record-setting sixth consecutive year, finished third in balloting with 737 points.
Toews played a leading role in helping the runaway Presidents’ Trophy winners rank first overall in team defense (2.02 goals-against per game). He finished third in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +28 rating, including a League-leading +21 away from home; shared the overall lead in takeaways with Datsyuk (56); placed second in the NHL in face-off winning percentage (59.9%, 559-374); and played an average of 1:25 per game on the NHL’s third-ranked penalty-killing unit (87.2%).
Toews is the third Blackhawks player to win the Selke. Troy Murray (1985-86) and Dirk Graham (1990-91) are the only two other Chicago Selke winners.
Also for the Blackhawks, Patrick Kane was the runner-up for the Lady Byng and Joel Quenneville was the runner-up for the Jack Adams.
Brandon Saad has to wait until Saturday to find out if he wins the Calder as the league’s best rookie.