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Frank J. Selke Trophy

Selke Trophy finalists unveiled

Patrice Bergeron of Bruins, Ryan Kesler of Ducks, Mikko Koivu of Wild in running to be honored as NHL's best defensive forward

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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu were named finalists for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday, awarded annually to the NHL's best defensive forward.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

 

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Bergeron, 31, is a three-time Selke Trophy winner (2012, 2014, 2015) and a six-time finalist. He led the League in SAT percentage (61.10) among players with at least 40 games. He led the League in faceoff wins (1,089) and was third in winning percentage (60.1) among players to take at least 500 faceoffs. His 302 shots on goal were the second most of his NHL career and third in the NHL. His 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 79 games were fourth on the Bruins. He was second to Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar in 2016. The only player to win the Selke four times is Hockey Hall of Fame member Bob Gainey.

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Kesler, 32, won the Selke with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 and is a five-time finalist. His 1,029 faceoff wins were third in the League and an NHL career high. He also ranked third in time on ice among forwards (21:18) and sixth in faceoff percentage (57.4 percent, minimum 500 faceoffs). His 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) were second on the Ducks. He was third in Selke voting in 2016.

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Koivu, 34, is a first-time finalist who finished fourth in Selke voting in 2009. He set NHL career-highs in plus/minus (plus-27) and blocked shots (65), and won 55.2 percent of his faceoffs. His 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) were third on the Wild.

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