VEGAS (June 6, 2021) - The National Hockey League announced today, June 6, that Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has been named a finalist for the 2021 Frank J. Selke Trophy. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers are the other two finalists for the award, which is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. This is the second time in his career that Stone has been recognized as a finalist for the Selke Trophy.
Stone, 29, led the NHL with 58 takeaways for the second time in the last three seasons and recorded 61 points (21 G, 40 A) to go with 33 blocked shots. The Winnipeg, MB native was the only player in the NHL to have over 60 points, 55 takeaways and 30 blocked shots on the season. Stone is a Selke Trophy finalist for the second time in three seasons (2nd in 2018-19). Stone is the only winger to be named a finalist for the Selke Trophy since the 2011-12 season when St. Louis' David Backes finished second in the voting.
The Golden Knights acquired Stone from the Ottawa Senators on February 25, 2019. The forward was drafted by Ottawa in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy after the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.
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