Jonathan Toews Wins The Selke Trophy

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.

10 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews Wins The Selke Trophy

  • June 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats Johnny, this was a long time coming. Pretty cool that he played one runner up in the playoffs already and won, and now is competing for the Cup with the other.

  • June 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    How big of an impact will this have on the Hawks’Cap situation? Hopefully not too much.

  • June 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Congrats Jonathan, you deserved it!!
    You should also get a trophy as the league’s best captain!!!
    You inspire me because you’re my favorite player!!

  • June 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    First ballot hall of fame. When it’s all said and done could go down as the greatest Blackhawk ever.

  • June 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Itll be hard to top Mikita as the greatest Blackhawk ever.A Cup or 2 and 1000 points more will help :]

  • June 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I would think so McKay…Toews is my favorite athlete, never mind Hawk. He is the epitome of a team Captain, and a living legend in the Windy City.

    He is VERY deserved of this award, as were the other nominees, but Toews should have won this back in 2010-11…let’s see how many he can pile up now over the years.

    Q got a very good vote was going to be tough to beat McLean…

    Patrick Kane was robbed versus Martin St. Louis. Kane exemplifies the Lady Bing…he had his best season ever, helped his team to a runaway regular season and a place in the finals…what did St. Louis do? He’s a very good player and a decent selection, but please…Kane owned this award this season…he was robbed.

  • June 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I’m happy Toews won the Selke, it is much deserved.

    However, I wish these awards would be announced after the playoffs. I understand the league wants to announce them when everyone is still paying attention to hockey, but this is a motivational factor for Bergeron, especially with the photo fnish, and I’d just as soon not give him any more motivation than he already has.

  • June 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Toews may one day be the best Hawks Captain ever. God willing he has a long career, stays healthy and plays with passion as he does now…..he could be. But he is young and ratboy is right, another 1000 points will help. That said, I love Toews and he is a great captain.

    In game 7 vs Detroit, late in the 3d, Saad gets boarded and the penalty is on him, Hammer has a great goal disallowed. Going into overtime our 25 year old captain could have whined and complained about bad officiating. Instead he just looked at his team and in his intense but soft spoken demeanor simply said: “Boys, it’s too early to go home”. If the Hawks win the cup, he plays a huge part regardless of his stats on the score sheet.

  • June 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Well said Mike…

    ER…I think you are giving too much consideration to the bruins and not enough to the Hawks…whatever extra motivation Bergeron gets from losing the award, Toews gains back from winning it…plus how does Kane feel losing the Lady Byng…all the Hawks have to do is focus on themselves and play their game…the rest will take care of itself.

  • June 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I never put much stock into these things because of things like what just happened this year. Ovi takes half the season off yet wins Hart. PKS gathers Norris, yet he is sooo good he can’t kill penalties.

    The Selke at least is representative of what it stands for. The vote was very close, no surprise there. Glad our guy won it. He just might have a few of these when it’s all said and done. Chicago is very fortunate to have 19 as Captain, hope he spends his career in one place.

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