For the second straight year, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar have been named finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards Show on June 24.
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Toews previously won the award back in 2013 and was named a finalist in 2011 as well. Bergeron won the honors in 2012 and 2014.
The Blackhawks captain completed the regular season with a career-high plus-30 rating, finishing fifth in the league. He led the Blackhawks with 66 points and 28 goals and ranked second on the team with 38 assists in 81 regular-season games. Toews also ranked sixth in the NHL with 45 takeaways and won 947 faceoffs this season.
Kopitar led all Los Angeles Kings forwards in time on ice/game and led his team in faceoff wins, while Bergeron led the NHL in faceoff wins with 1,175.
Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.
Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:
Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!
The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.
His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:
"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.
"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.
"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."