(HockeyStL) -- Blues’ forward David Backes is one of three finalists for the NHL’s Selke trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive forward after every season. Backes, along with Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron was named as one of the finalists for the prestigious award.
“Definitely an honor,” Backes said after Monday’s practice. “I’m the one that is going, but I’ve played almost every shift this year with guys like T.J. Oshie, and a lot with Alex Steen, David Perron, those guys deserve a lot of credit. A lot of work and a lot of people and I might just get the face of it. I’m definitely honored and humbled, but our work here isn’t done”
“That’s one of the most valuable awards in the league,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. “You look at the players that are there, and they’re 200 foot players, every player that gets nominated now is a guy that is able to contribute offensively but is a conscientious two-way performer. I’m really proud of him because he personifies the way we want to play the game, the way our team wants to play the game, the way we want to be seen in the NHL, so to me he carries the mantle.”
Backes played a major role on a Blues team that allowed a league fewest 165 goals, which is testament to Backes’ defensive play. He accumulated 54 points, scoring 24 goals, and registering 30 helpers.
Former captain Rick Meagher is the franchise’s only previous Selke Award winner as he won the award in the 1989-90 season.
Datsyuk has won the award three times in the last four seasons.
The award winner will be announced at the NHL’s annual award show in Las Vegas on June 20.