Jordan Staal Named Finalist For Selke, The “Best Animated Short” Of NHL Awards

Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Frank Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

Yay, the Selke Trophy! The most specific award in sports! It’s no NBA Sixth Man Award, but it’s still a tad more prestigious than the Lady Byng — if the Selke is the NHL’s “Best Animated Short” equivalent, the Byng is one of those technical Oscars issued at an earlier ceremony hosted by Brooke Shields.

I’m glad they save the Selke results until after the Playoffs, too; if they announced the winner this week, it’d just be too big of an adrenaline drop-off to go from learning the Selke Trophy winner back to watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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One Response to “Jordan Staal Named Finalist For Selke, The “Best Animated Short” Of NHL Awards”

  1. k Says:

    I feel like hearing you hate on the Selke in an email chain beforehand makes it hurt even worse when you hate on it in your blog.

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