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Anze Kopitar wins Selke Trophy

New Kings captain voted top defensive forward

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Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar won the Selke Trophy as the League's best defensive forward at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday.  

Kopitar, the runner-up for the award in each of the past two seasons, led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,690:12) and averaged 20:52 per game, including 2:09 shorthanded. He was fifth in the League in faceoffs taken (1,776) and ranked seventh in faceoff wins (950) with a 53.5 percent success rate.

Kopitar, who was named captain of the Kings on Thursday, had 74 points (25 goals, 49 assists) and was plus-34 in 81 games, which ranked second in the League. 

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, who won the Selke Trophy the past two seasons, and Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks were the other finalists. 

Video: Anze Kopitar is presented the Selke Trophy

2015-2016 Selke Trophy Voting // Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

1.   Anze Kopitar, LAK   1145   (77-36-20-7-2)
2.   Patrice Bergeron, BOS   996   (46-52-27-11-4)
3.   Ryan Kesler, ANA   424   (9-20-24-17-23)
4.    Jonathan Toews, CHI   409   (5-16-28-29-20)
5.    Joe Thornton, SJS   166   (3-3-12-17-4)
6.    Aleksander Barkov, FLA   115   (2-5-4-10-10)
7.    Sidney Crosby, PIT   73   (2-2-5-4-2)
8.    Sean Couturier, PHI   62   (0-1-2-10-15)
9.    Pavel Datsyuk, DET   55   (0-3-2-5-9)
10.    Filip Forsberg, NSH   51   (2-3-1-1-2)

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