NHL Awards set for tonight

The NHL will host its annual awards ceremony tonight in Las Vegas.

Former UND alternate captain Jonathan Toews is a finalist for two of them. Toews is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the league’s best defensive forward, as well as the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which Mr. Messier selects himself.

Toews won the Selke Trophy last season, joining fellow former UND-forward-turned-No. 19-Blackhawk Troy Murray as the only Sioux players to earn that honor.

Hall of Famer Ed Belfour is the only former UND player to win multiple major awards. Toews hopes to join Belfour tonight.

Selke Trophy finalists

Jonathan Toews, Chicago
Patrice Bergeron, Boston
Anze Kopitar, Kings

NHL.com says: “Toews placed fifth in the NHL in both face-off wins (884) and percentage (57.2%) in taking 1,544 draws, nearly double the total of the next Blackhawks center. He topped all Chicago forwards in average ice time per game (20:28) and ranked second on the club in takeaways (51) and plus-minus (+26), including a cumulative +7 rating against top Conference rivals Anaheim, Colorado, St. Louis and San Jose. A Selke finalist for the third time in four years, the Blackhawks captain is in quest of a repeat win after capturing the award for the first time in 2012-13.”

Mark Messier Leadership Award finalists

Jonathan Toews, Chicago
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
Dustin Brown, Kings

NHL.com says: “Toews has served as the captain of the Blackhawks since 2008-09, when he was just 20-years-old. While his leadership on the ice is undisputed, his work with various children’s charitable causes also makes him a role model in the community. Among those efforts, Toews volunteers to grant wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including a special skating session with 4-year-old Nicholas Skretkowski prior to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field. The 25-year-old Winnipeg native is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for the second time after finishing as a runner-up in 2012-13.”

4 thoughts on “NHL Awards set for tonight

  1. I see 8 of the 12 NHL all stars in 2014 come from the CHL. And 3 others were Europeans. Only 1 college trained player. Any thoughts on the domination by CHL grads ?

  2. Well, that’s so special. We know if he wins he’ll be taking it to winnepeg to show it off and not Chicago, or GF. Could anybody please tell me why the league is so in love with this guy? He’s a good player but he gets credentials like he’s Crosby or Malkin.

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