An annual award “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Winner selected in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular schedule. History: Presented to the National Hockey League in 1977 by the Board of Governors of the NHL in honor of Frank J. Selke, one of the great architects of Montreal and Toronto championship teams. Center Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings captured the Frank Selke Trophy for the first time in his career. He had previously been a runner-up for the award behind Patrice Bergeron in 2014. Kopitar garnered 1,145 voting points, including 77 first-place votes, to edge out Bergeron of Boston, who had won the award three times in the past four seasons. Bergeron had 46 first-place votes and 996 points. Ryan Kesler of Anaheim was third with nine first-place votes and 424 points. Jonathan Toews of Chicago, the winner in 2013, was fourth with five first-place votes and 409 points. San Jose’s Joe Thorton finished fifth with three first-place votes and 166 points. Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,690:12), an average of 20:52 per game, on a club that ranked third in the NHL in team defense, allowing an average of 2.34 goals a contest. He ranked fifth and seventh league-wide in total faceoffs and faceoff wins with 1,776 and 950, respectively, setting career highs in both categories. He placed second in the NHL in plus-minus (+34) and was the league ’s third-ranked forward in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), as the Kings registered 332 more shot attempts than they allowed when Kopitar was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side.
The Selke Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1977 by the Board of Governors of the NHL in honor of Frank J. Selke, one of the great architects of NHL championship teams.
SeasonWinnerTeamRunner-Up
2014-2015 Patrice Bergeron Bruins
2013-2014 Patrice Bergeron Bruins Anze Kopitar
2012-2013 Jonathan Toews Blackhawks Patrice Bergeron
2011-2012 Patrice Bergeron Bruins David Backes
2010-2011 Ryan Kesler Canucks Jonathan Toews
2009-2010 Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings Ryan Kesler
2008-2009 Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings Mike Richards
2007-2008 Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings John Madden
2006-2007 Rod Brind'Amour Hurricanes Samuel Pahlsson
2005-2006 Rod Brind'Amour Hurricanes Jere Lehtinen
2003-2004 Kris Draper Red Wings John Madden
2002-2003 Jere Lehtinen Stars John Madden
2001-2002 Michael Peca Islanders Craig Conroy
2000-2001 John Madden Devils Joe Sakic
1999-2000 Steve Yzerman Red Wings Michal Handzus
1998-1999 Jere Lehtinen Stars Magnus Arvedson
1997-1998 Jere Lehtinen Stars Michael Peca
1996-1997 Michael Peca Sabres Peter Forsberg
1995-1996 Sergei Fedorov Red Wings Ron Francis
1994-1995 Ron Francis Penguins Esa Tikkanen
1993-1994 Sergei Fedorov Red Wings Doug Gilmour
1992-1993 Doug Gilmour Maple Leafs Dave Poulin
1991-1992 Guy Carbonneau Canadiens Sergei Fedorov
1990-1991 Dirk Graham Blackhawks Esa Tikkanen
1989-1990 Rick Meagher Blues Guy Carbonneau
1988-1989 Guy Carbonneau Canadiens Esa Tikkanen
1987-1988 Guy Carbonneau Canadiens Steve Kasper
1986-1987 Dave Poulin Flyers Guy Carbonneau
1985-1986 Troy Murray Blackhawks Ron Sutter
1984-1985 Craig Ramsay Sabres Doug Jarvis
1983-1984 Doug Jarvis Capitals Bryan Trottier
1982-1983 Bobby Clarke Flyers Jari Kurri
1981-1982 Steve Kasper Bruins Bob Gainey
1980-1981 Bob Gainey Canadiens Craig Ramsay
1979-1980 Bob Gainey Canadiens Craig Ramsay
1978-1979 Bob Gainey Canadiens Don Marcotte
1977-1978 Bob Gainey Canadiens Craig Ramsay