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Richards a Selke Trophy Finalist

Tuesday, 04.28.2009 / 3:08 PM ET / News
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Richards a Selke Trophy Finalist

The National Hockey League announced that it has named Philadelphia Flyers center and captain Mike Richards as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy. The league presents the award annually to the “forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks are the other two finalists for the trophy, which will be presented at the 2009 NHL Awards on June 18 in Las Vegas.
 
“It's pretty cool,” said Richards. “I've never been nominated for anything or ever won anything like that. It's a pretty neat honor."
 
Richards, 24, was the winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers most valuable player for the second consecutive season, as selected by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. He led the team in assists (50) and power-play points (33); and finished second in points (80) and plus/minus (+22). He finished tied for third in goals (30) and led all forwards in average time on ice (21:44). He set new career highs in a single season in points (80), goals (30) and assists (50).
 
Richards led the NHL in shorthanded goals (7, tying a Flyers franchise record) and shorthanded points (9), and his 3-on-5 shorthanded goal at the New York Rangers on Feb. 15 made him the first player in NHL history to score three career goals with his team down two men.
 
He recorded shorthanded goals in three consecutive games (Feb. 15-21), becoming the first player since Joe Sakic (Colorado, Oct. 15-24, 1998) to accomplish that feat.
 
Richards was named as the 17th captain in Flyers history on September 17, 2008.
 
The Flyers have had two Selke Trophy winners in their history: Bobby Clarke in 1982-83, and Dave Poulin in 1986-87.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
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