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The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game.

The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) following the regular season.

It has been awarded 35 times to 23 different players since the 1977–78 NHL season. The current holder is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.

HistoryEdit

The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977–78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

The Selke Trophy was the fifth and last of the major NHL awards to be introduced that have been named after General Managers and owners of the Original Six teams, the other awards being the Art Ross Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and the Jack Adams Award.

The first recipient was Bob Gainey of the Montreal Canadiens, who won the trophy the first four years it was given, and to date he has won it more times than any other player.

Guy Carbonneau, Jere Lehtinen, Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron are tied for the second-most wins, with three apiece.

The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings have won the trophy the most times, with 7 awards apiece.

The team with the greatest number of unique winners is the Red Wings with 4: Sergei Fedorov (twice), Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper and Datsyuk (three times) -- all coming since 1994.

There has been only one instance in which a Selke Trophy winner was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player: Sergei Fedorov captured both trophies during the 1993–94 NHL season.

There has not been an instance in which the Art Ross Trophy winner has been awarded the Selke Trophy, though Fedorov finished second in regular season scoring in 1994 while Hart Trophy winner and Art Ross Trophy runner-up Joe Sakic finished second in Selke voting in 2001.

WinnersEdit

Positions key
C Centre RW Right Wing LW Left Wing

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Season Winner Team Position Win #
1977–78 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens LW 1
1978–79 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens LW 2
1979–80 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens LW 3
1980–81 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens LW 4
1981–82 Steve Kasper Boston Bruins C 1
1982–83 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers C 1
1983–84 Doug Jarvis Washington Capitals C 1
1984–85 Craig Ramsay Buffalo Sabres LW 1
1985–86 Troy Murray Chicago Blackhawks C 1
1986–87 Dave Poulin Philadelphia Flyers C 1
1987–88 Guy Carbonneau Montreal Canadiens C 1
1988–89 Guy Carbonneau Montreal Canadiens C 2
1989–90 Rick Meagher St. Louis Blues C 1
1990–91 Dirk Graham Chicago Blackhawks RW 1
1991–92 Guy Carbonneau Montreal Canadiens C 3
1992–93 Doug Gilmour Toronto Maple Leafs C 1
1993–94 Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings C 1
1994–95 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins C 1
1995–96 Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings C 2
1996–97 Michael Peca Buffalo Sabres C 1
1997–98 Jere Lehtinen Dallas Stars RW 1
1998–99 Jere Lehtinen Dallas Stars RW 2
1999–2000 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings C 1
2000–01 John Madden New Jersey Devils C 1
2001–02 Michael Peca New York Islanders C 2
2002–03 Jere Lehtinen Dallas Stars RW 3
2003–04 Kris Draper Detroit Red Wings C 1
2004–05 Season canceled due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Rod Brind'Amour Carolina Hurricanes C 1
2006–07 Rod Brind'Amour Carolina Hurricanes C 2
2007–08 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C 1
2008–09 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C 2
2009–10 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C 3
2010–11 Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks C 1
2011–12 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C 1
2012–13 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks C 1
2013–14 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C 2
2014–15 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C 3
2015–16 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings C 1
2016–17 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C 4
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