The NHL has announced their finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy. The James Norris Trophy is awarded to ““to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,”. Members of the Professional Hockey Writer’s association submitted their ballots at the end of the regular season. The winner will be announced on Tuesday June 24th during the NHL awards. The finalists are Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins:
Chara helped lead the Boston defense to the second best goal against in the NHL and the best in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins won their second president trophy in franchise history. Chara placed in the top 10 in defenseman with 17 goals, a plus/minus rating of +25 . Chara is a Norris Trophy finalist for the sixth time, including the the third time in the four seasons. He won the award in 2008-09.
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks:
Keith lead all defenseman with 55 asists and ranked second among defenseman with 61 points. Keith’s Blackhawks lead the NHL with 261 goals scored. Keith also is the fastest player in Franchise history to record 40 assists. It took Keith only 46 games. Keith averaged a team high 24:38 minutes per game. He is a Norris Trophy finalist for the second time. Keith won the Norris Trophy in 2009-10.
Shea Weber Nashville Predators:
Weber ranked first amoug defenseman with 23 goals scored and set a franchise record for points by a defenseman at 56. He also lead the Predators in scoring for the second consecutive year. He had the most power play goals of any defenseman at 12 and ranked fourth in the league with 26:54 minutes per game. Weber is a finalist for third time. He was runner up in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Congrats to Keith on being named a Finalist!
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