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Toews beat Bruins’ Bergeron for Selke Award

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, and center Jonathan Toews wait along the boards during NHL hockey practice, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, and center Jonathan Toews wait along the boards during NHL hockey practice, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, and center Jonathan Toews wait along the boards during NHL hockey practice, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron grabs a stick as he leaves the ice after practice at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2013. The Bruins are preparing to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

CHICAGO – Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews got another victory yesterday. The trophy he wants the most is still up for grabs.

Toews won the Frank J. Selke award, given to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He emerged from a trio of finalists that included fellow centers Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.

Toews helped the Blackhawks advance past Datsyuk and the Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs. He is currently competing against Bergeron and the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.

“To be able to go head to head with guys like that in the playoffs, and to know them from the past, you understand how much they mean to their teams and how much they contribute offensively and defensively,” Toews said. “To be talked about in the same sentence and compared to those guys is absolutely amazing. So it’s a special award to win.”

The 25-year-old Toews was third in the NHL with a plus-28 rating in 47 games in the regular season, helping Chicago post the most points in the NHL. He also was a finalist for the Selke after the 2010-11 season.

Bergeron, who won the Selke Trophy last year, earned a different honor this season. He was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions to the community.

Also yesterday, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators won the Jack Adams Award, given to the NHL’s coach of the year. The top executive honor went to Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero. The Lady Byng trophy for the NHL’s most sportsmanlike player was given to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis for the third time in four seasons.

Five more awards will be given out today – the Hart (MVP), Calder (rookie of the year), Norris (top defenseman), Vezina (top goalie) and Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player).

MacLean, a finalist for the second straight year, led Ottawa to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference while overcoming the prolonged absences of several key players. Chicago’s Joel Quenneville and Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks also were up for the award.

“It was a very proud day for myself, my family and the Ottawa Senators organization and what we’ve gone through. We’re pretty pleased here today,” MacLean said.

One of MacLean’s players, forward Daniel Alfredsson, was the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, and Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg was honored with the NHL Foundation Player Award for community service.

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding won the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is presented to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall and missed 33 games as he underwent treatment. On April 22, he was activated from the injured list and returned to the Wild lineup.

“I feel better than ever,” Harding said. “I just won an NHL award. It’s something that I never thought I’d do in my life ever, and it happened with MS.

“I played five playoff games. I didn’t know if I’d ever play a playoff game, and that came with MS. I want people to believe that goals are possible. Just because you get a label of a disease doesn’t mean you’re not going to complete your goals. That’s what I hope people take out of this.”

Harding faced the condition head on, and never considered giving up his hockey career.

“There were some ups and downs,” he said yesterday. “Some days it would have been easy to throw in the towel. But I’ve been playing hockey since I was 4. I’m not going to let something come in the way.

“For everybody that would be in my situation, I think you’d find a way to make it work.”

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