Selke Trophy Finalists: Bergeron vs. Kesler vs. Koivu

The NHL announced Wednesday Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks, and Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild are the finalists for the 2016-17 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded to “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” And by that, it means ‘best two-way center.’

The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

So, who will pick up the hardware at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas on June 21?

Why Patrice Bergeron Deserves The Selke

From the NHL:

Bergeron was the NHL’s busiest player in the face-off circle for third consecutive season, leading the League with 1,812 draws and 1,089 wins. His face-off win percentage of 60.1% ranked third in the NHL. Bergeron 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. The three-time Selke winner is a finalist for the sixth consecutive year, matching the streak of Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk (2008 through 2013) as the longest since the award was introduced in 1978.

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Team USA edition of ‘Between Two Zambonis with Ryan Kesler’ (Video)

During the long NHL season, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler trades in his wingers for Zambonis in the web series, Between Two Zambonis; a takeoff on the popular web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.

With Kesler at the World Cup of Hockey, he hosted a special feature of Between Two Zambonis interviewing his Team USA teammates, or as Kesler describes them, “A lot of guys that have a better personality than Corey Perry. That’s not hard to do, though.”

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Kesler ejected for boarding in USA, Canada exhibition (Video)

The hate between the United States and Canada runs deep, even in meaningless exhibition games during the warmup to the World Cup of Hockey.

Ryan Kesler proudly wears the red, white and blue for Team USA. He shows that these colors do not run … but they do get ejected.

In the second period of the first World Cup exhibition game for both squads, Team Canada defenseman Shea Weber goes back to retrieve the puck along the end boards. He doesn’t appear to touch the puck before Kesler comes barreling in and flattens the much larger (and angrier) Weber against the boards.

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