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Selke Trophy finalist Toews draws praise

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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the top defensive forward in the NHL.

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NHL coaches throughout the league recognize the strong play and leadership Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews provides his team. Detroit coach Mike Babcock added his voice to the chorus of praise after Toews was announced as a finalist for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the top defensive forward in the league. Babcock, who directed Team Canada in the 2008 Olympics, has coaches all three finalists: Toews, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Boston's Patrice Bergeron."I've had the good fortune to coach all three and they're good, good men," Babcock said. "They play with and without the puck and they help you win at playoff time."
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