The NHL announced Friday that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which annually is awared to the league’s best forward who showcases defensive skills.
Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins — the Hawks’ Stanley Cup Final opponent — and the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk also were finalists.
Toews, 25, ranked second on the Blackhawks with 48 points off 23 goals and 25 assists and ranked third in the NHL with a career-high plus-28 rating in 47 regular-season games. He also shared the league lead with 56 takeaways and ranked second in the league with a Western Conference-best 59.9 faceoff percentage.
Through 18 playoff games, he has recorded nine points off one goal and eight assists and ranks second in the league with 16 takeaways during the postseason.
“I don’t think I’d have a chance to be here if it wasn’t for the team I’m with right now,” he said in a video released by the Blackhawks. “All these guys in this locker room going out there making me look good on the ice helps me everyday. … I had great support from my teammates this year and I just happen to be the guy recognized for playing good hockey this year. It feels pretty good.”
He was also a finalist for the award after the 2009-10 championship season, finishing second in voting.
“The one thing that stood out is my plus-minus (this season),” he said, noting his top line play with Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad. “We never gave up much and always played against pretty good players. We scored a lot of goals five-on-five and that definitely helped my chances.”
The Selke Trophy was first awarded after the 1977-78 season. Previous Blackhawks Troy Murray (1986) and Dirk Graham (1991) also won the award.
The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
Toews was a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award but that went to Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year over Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.