By Sally Fahey

Flyers center Sean Couturier has been named one of three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded by the NHL “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues are also finalists.

“It’s nice to be honored and recognized by the media,” said Couturier. “It reflects on the year that the team had as well. I try to pay attention to details and do the right things all the time, be on the right side of the puck and reliable in all aspects of the game. I try to take pride in that.”


This is the second time Couturier has been named a finalist, and second time in the last three seasons, having earned his first nod in 2017-18 when he finished second in voting to Kings’ center Anze Kopitar.

Couturier also joins a list of two other finalists for major NHL Awards this season. Head Coach Alain Vigneault is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award and forward Oskar Lindblom is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.