For the second time in his career, Anze Kopitar has been deemed Selke smooth.
The 2016 Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy winner, Kopitar once again claimed the trophy presented annually to the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
“I’ve always prided myself to be a complete player,” Kopitar said. “Being good on the defensive side of things, it’s definitely a big part of being a 200-foot player. Being recognized as a good defensive forward, obviously it’s a great honor, too.”
Fellow Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon also shared some impressive praise for Kopitar earlier in the day, saying, “He’s tough. He’s probably the toughest guy I have to play against in this league. I don’t see Bergeron very often. I’m sure he’s tough. But I see Kopi three, four times every year. It’s hard. You’ve just got to remind yourself to be patient because you’re not going to get very much. You might get one or two chances a night, five-on-five.