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Sean Couturier named Selke Trophy Finalist

Flyers center one of three finalists as best defensive forward in NHL

by @NHLFlyers

The National Hockey League announced today that Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded by the NHL "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." 

Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins are the other two finalists for the trophy, which will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards on June 20 in Las Vegas.

Some notes on Couturier's season and the Flyers history of the Selke Award:

* Played the entire 2017-18 season centering the top line with Claude Giroux and has posted career numbers in every offensive category with 31 goals and 45 assists for 76 points having played in all 82 regular season games.


* He led the Flyers with a plus-minus rating of +34, which also finished in a tie for third among all NHL players.


* His 31 goals were more than double his previous career high of 15 set in 2014-15, while his 76 points were 37 more points than his previous career high of 39 set in 2013-14 & 2015-16. 


* Of his 76 points, 62 were even-strength points which ranked second on the Flyers and sixth overall in the NHL.


* He recorded 21 multi-point games during the season, including six multi-goal games.


* He led all Flyers forwards, and finished third among all NHL forwards, in average ice-time per-game at nearly 22 minutes (21:35).


* Couturier is the first Flyer to be named a finalist for the award since Mike Richards, who finished as a runner-up for the Selke in 2009. 


* The Flyers have had two Selke Trophy winners in their history: Bobby Clarke in 1983, and Dave Poulin in 1987.


* Couturier picked up three Flyers team awards for the 2017-18 season: 

- The Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy: Most Improved Player as voted by his teammates

- Yanick Dupre Class Guy Award: Flyer with character, dignity and respect on and off the ice - as voted by the PHWA

- Gene Hart Memorial Award: Flyer who demonstrates the most "Heart" - as voted by the Flyers Fan Club.


The winner of the award is selected in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular schedule.


The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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