One day after scoring four points as the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the St. Louis Blues, Blackhawks assistant captain Duncan Keith was named as a Norris Trophy finalist along with Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber, the captain of the Nashville Predators.
Keith led all defensemen with 55 assists this season and had 61 points overall to go along with his plus-22 rating. Keith won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in the 2009-2010 season.
Chara has been a regular finalist throughout his career, including winning the award in 2008-2009, finishing second in 2004 and third in both 2008 and 2011. The 6-9 Chara finished seventh among defensemen with a plus-25 rating and had 17 goals and 23 assists this season for the Bruins and literally was a big reason why the Bruins allowed the second-fewest goals this season.
Weber finished as the runner-up in both 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 seasons and led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals. Weber also recorded 33 assists on the year, but what may hurt his bid to win the award was that he was a minus-2.
P.K. Subban won the award last season named after former Detroit Red Wings owner James E. Norris and has been awarded to the leagues’ top defensemen annually since the 1953-1954 season.