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Bergeron, Kesler, Koivu voted Selke finalists

Sports Xchange - Thursday 20th April, 2017

Centers Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," the NHL announced Wednesday.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.

The winner will be announced June 21 during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Bergeron won 60.1 percent of his faceoffs, which was third best in the league. He also ranked first overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), as the Bruins registered 439 more shot attempts than they allowed when Bergeron was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side. He is a three-time Selke winner and a finalist for the sixth consecutive year.

Kesler posted the sixth-best faceoff win percentage (57.4 percent). He led NHL forwards in shifts/game (27.5), was third in average ice time per game (21:18), fourth in average shorthanded time (2:43) and sixth in blocked shots (75). Kesler is a Selke finalist for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time overall.

Koivu tied for third place among NHL forwards in plus-minus with a career-high plus-27, the second-best rating ever by a Wild forward. He ranked fifth in the NHL in faceoff wins (938) and was sixth in faceoffs taken (1,699) for a winning percentage of 55.2. Koivu set a career high in blocked shots (65) and led all Wild forwards in average ice time per game (19:06) and average shorthanded time (1:49). The Minnesota captain also became the franchise leader in shorthanded points (22 points).

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