Hockey Hall of Fame: Pavel Datsyuk and the Top 15 Defensive Forwards of All Time

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Hockey Hall of Fame: Pavel Datsyuk and the Top 15 Defensive Forwards of All Time
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As we head into the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies to honor four former NHL players, we take a look back at some of the best defensive forwards of all time.

Some of these players are strictly defensive players, while others are incredible two-way defenders who can also pot a few goals.

Two-way forwards are honored by the NHL with the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward as voted on by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

It has been awarded 33 times, to 21 players, since its inception in 1977-78.

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