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Kesler takes home the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:27 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

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Kesler takes home the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy
Vancouver's Ryan Kesler was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's best defensive forward on Wednesday night.

The third time proved to be the charm for Kesler, who had been nominated but lost in each of the past two seasons.

Kesler was a key component of a Vancouver team that won the Presidents' Trophy and carried the Canucks all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He had a league-best for forwards in the blocked-shot category (80) and also delivered 124 hits and 65 takeaways. Kesler also had a career-best 57. 4 percent success rate in the faceoff circle.