Former UND standout Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks is once again a finalist for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the best defensive forward in the NHL.
Toews won the award last season.
The other finalists are Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, the 2012 winner, and Los Angeles Kings’ forward Anze Kopitar. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards Ceremony on June 24 in Las Vegas.
The Stanley Cup champion has had one of the three finalists in each of the last four years.
Toews finished the NHL season fifth in both faceoff wins (884) and percentage (57.2) in taking nearly twice as many draws as any other Blackhawks player. Toews topped Hawks forwards in ice time per game (20:28) and finished second in takeaways (51) and plus-minus (+26).
“It’s always an honor to be up for any league-wide award,” Toews said. “You always owe a lot to our team when you get recognition. I have to give a lot of credit to the linemates I play with. I’m just out there benefiting from guys like that.”