Associated Press, Published June 14 2013
Ex-UND player Toews, Wild’s Harding win NHL awardsCHICAGO – Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews got another victory on Friday. The trophy he wants the most is still up for grabs.
Toews won the Frank J. Selke award, given to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He emerged from a trio of finalists that included fellow centers Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.
Toews, who starred at the University of North Dakota, helped the Blackhawks advance past Datsyuk and the Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs. He is currently competing against Bergeron and the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding won the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is presented to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall and missed 33 games as he underwent treatment. On April 22, he was activated from the injured list and returned to the Wild lineup.