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.
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.
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.
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.
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