Anze Kopitar wins Frank J. Selke Trophy as top defensive forward

Watch Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings wins the 2018 Selke Trophy.

LAS VEGAS — Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar won his second Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old Kopitar was nominated for the fourth time in five seasons, and won his only Selke in 2016.

Kopitar beat out Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron and Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers.

A finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, passing Pavel Datsyuk’s six-season run from 2008 to 2013, Bergeron was looking for a record fifth Selke Trophy.

Couturier, 25, was up for the award for the first time.

Montreal Canadiens great Bob Gainey won the award four times between 1978 and 1981.

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