New Kings captain Anze Kopitar wins Selke Trophy

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There was stiff competition for the Selke Trophy, but in the end, Anze Kopitar garnered more votes for the award than Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler.

Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who “best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

This season, the 28-year-old Kopitar scored 25 goals and 74 points in 81 regular season games, while averaging almost 21 minutes of ice time as well. He was also dominant at five-on-five, with a Corsi For rating of 57.4 per cent, and 2.98 goals-for per 60 minutes compared to 1.78 goals-against per 60 minutes, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

He was also recently named the new captain of the L.A. Kings.

Bergeron has dominated the Selke landscape, winning the award three of the last four years and being a finalist in five straight years, while Kesler won it back in 2011.

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)
11. Joe Pavelski, SJS 46 (0-2-4-3-3)
12. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 42 (0-2-4-2-2)
13. Jordan Staal, CAR 32 (0-1-3-2-4)
14. David Backes, STL 32 (0-0-3-4-5)
15. Alexander Steen, STL 27 (0-0-0-7-6)
16. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, OTT 25 (1-0-2-1-2)
17. Frans Nielsen, NYI 24 (2-0-0-1-1)
18. Mark Stone, OTT 22 (1-0-0-3-3)
19. Adam Henrique, NJD 13 (0-1-0-1-3)
20. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 13 (0-0-1-2-2)