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Anze Kopitar Wins The Selke Trophy

via NHL PR,

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has won his second career Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kopitar garnered 1,152 voting points, including 70 first-place votes, to edge second-place center Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers (976 voting points). Center Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins, finished third with 817 points.

Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,810:58), an average of 22:05 per game, on the club that paced the League in team defense, allowing an average of 2.46 goals a contest. He topped Los Angeles forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:10 per game) on the NHL’s top-ranked penalty-killing unit (85.0%). The 12th-year King ranked third League-wide in total face-offs and face-off wins with 1,816 and 983, respectively, setting career highs in both categories. He took 37% of his team’s face-offs, the third-highest percentage in the NHL, and his face-off win rate of 54.1% led the Kings and also marked a career best.

 A Selke finalist for the fourth time in five seasons, Kopitar is taking the trophy home for the second time in three years (also 2015-16).


2017-2018 Frank Selke Trophy Voting


  Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 1152 (70-37-28-16-5)
2. Sean Couturier, PHI 976


3. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 817 (34-27-40-21-25)
4. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 619


5. Mikko Koivu, MIN 224 (3-6-7-26-39)
6. William Karlsson, VGK 213 (6-5-11-15-18)
7. Radek Faksa, DAL 90 (2-4-5-3-8)
8. Brayden Point, TBL 27 (0-0-2-3-8)
9. Sidney Crosby, PIT 26 (0-0-1-5-6)
10. Brad Marchand, BOS 25 (0-2-1-1-3)
11. Ryan O’Reilly, BUF 18 (1-1-0-0-1)
12. Logan Couture, SJS 12 (0-1-0-1-2)
13. Mikael Backlund, CGY 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
14. Colton Sissons, NSH 6 (0-0-1-0-1)
15. Dustin Brown, LAK 6 (0-0-0-2-0)
t-16. Claude Giroux, PHI 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
t-16. Jonathan Toews, CHI 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
18. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 5 (0-0-0-1-2)
t-19. Zach Hyman, TOR 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
t-19. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
t-19. Jakob Silfverberg, ANA 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
t-22. Joe Pavelski, SJS 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
t-22. Reilly Smith, VGK 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
t-22. Mark Stone, OTT 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
25. Jordan Staal, CAR 2 (0-0-0-0-2)
t-26. Evgenii Dadonov, FLA 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
t-26. Taylor Hall, NJD 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
t-26. Connor McDavid, EDM 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
t-26. Mark Scheifele, WPG 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
t-26. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
t-26. John Tavares, NYI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

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