Former UND star Jonathan Toews is once again a finalist for two major NHL awards — the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which goes to the NHL’s best leader.
Toews has previously been a finalist for both awards, winning Selke in 2013.
Toews is a Selke finalist for the fourth time in five years. The other finalists are Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. It was the same top three as a year ago.
The Selke bio for Toews says: “Toews played a key role in helping the Blackhawks tie for the fewest goals against in the NHL and post the 11th 100-point season in franchise history (fifth since 2008-09). He led all Western Conference players and ranked fifth in the League overall with a career-best +30 rating, ranked fourth in the NHL in face-off wins (947) and sixth in face-off winning percentage (56.5%), and topped Blackhawks forwards in total ice time (1,584:36, 19:33 per game). A Selke finalist for the fourth time in five years, the Blackhawks captain is in quest of a second career win after capturing the award in 2012-13.”
Toews is a finalist for the Messier Award along with Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Messier bio for Toews says: Chicago’s captain since he was just 20-years-old, Toews led the club with 28-38—66 in the regular season to guide the Blackhawks to their seventh consecutive playoff berth. He also built upon his work in the community, where he actively participates in various team endeavors, including Make-A-Wish visits and the Four Feathers Golf Invitational. Independently, Toews served as the honorary chairperson for the Israel Idonije Fundraiser, which helps underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills; supported The Winnipeg Foundation in creating its Nourishing Potential campaign; and continued his role with Misericordia, a Chicago group that offers care for those with mild to profound developmental disabilities.”
Toews is currently playing in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild. Chicago leads the series 2-0.