The Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara, Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith and Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber were named finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top defenseman.
Chara led a Boston defense that paced the Eastern Conference and ranked second in the NHL with 177 goals against. He averaged a team-high 24:39 per game, nearly 3 minutes more than the next-closest player, and also placed in the top 10 among NHL defensemen with 17 goals, 10 power-play goals, three game-winning goals and a plus-25 rating.
Keith led all defensemen with 55 assists and ranked second among blueliners with 61 points to power a Chicago offense that paced the NHL with 267 goals. He recorded his 40th helper of the season in his 46th game, becoming the fastest defenseman in franchise history to reach the milestone, and posted a career-long, eight-game assist/point streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3.
Weber ranked first among defensemen with 23 goals and set a franchise record for points by a blueliner with 56, leading the Predators in scoring for the second consecutive season. He also led all defensemen with 12 power-play goals, ranked fourth in the NHL with an average of 26:54 of ice time per game and set a career high with 11.8 percent shooting.