An annual award “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” Winner selected in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular schedule. History: The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the first time in his career. He is the second Los Angeles player to win best defenseman honors, joining current Kings front-office executive Rob Blake, who won it in 1998. Doughty was named on 147 of 150 ballots, including 93 first-place votes and 37 second-place selections, for 1,254 points. Erik Karlsson, who won the Norris for the second time last season, finished in second place this year with 46 first-place votes and 1,020 points. Brent Burns of San Jose had three first-place votes, 26 seconds and 54 thirds for 619 points, finishing third ahead of Kris Letang of Pittsburgh who had eight first-place votes but 587 points overall. Roman Josi of Nashville had 120 points to finish fifth in balloting. Doughty appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and was third in the NHL in average ice time (28:01), helping the Kings to a third consecutive top-five finish in team defense (third, 2.34 goals against per game). He registered his highest goals (14) and points (51) totals since 2009-10, posted a career-best +24 rating and topped the NHL in several enhanced statistics categories, including the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential). The Kings recorded 537 more shot attempts than they allowed with him on the ice at 5-on-5.
The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.
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2014-2015 Erik Karlsson Senators
2013-2014 Duncan Keith Blackhawks Zdeno Chara
2012-2013 P.K. Subban Canadiens Ryan Suter
2011-2012 Erik Karlsson Senators Shea Weber
2010-2011 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Shea Weber
2009-2010 Duncan Keith Blackhawks Mike Green
2008-2009 Zdeno Chara Bruins Mike Green
2007-2008 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Dion Phaneuf
2006-2007 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Scott Niedermayer
2005-2006 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Scott Niedermayer
2003-2004 Scott Niedermayer Devils Zdeno Chara
2002-2003 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Al MacInnis
2001-2002 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Chris Chelios
2000-2001 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings Ray Bourque
1999-2000 Chris Pronger Blues Nicklas Lidstrom
1998-1999 Al MacInnis Blues Nicklas Lidstrom
1997-1998 Rob Blake Kings Nicklas Lidstrom
1996-1997 Brian Leetch Rangers Vladimir Konstantinov
1995-1996 Chris Chelios Blackhawks Ray Bourque
1994-1995 Paul Coffey Red Wings Chris Chelios
1993-1994 Ray Bourque Bruins Scott Stevens
1992-1993 Chris Chelios Blackhawks Ray Bourque
1991-1992 Brian Leetch Rangers Ray Bourque
1990-1991 Ray Bourque Bruins Al MacInnis
1989-1990 Ray Bourque Bruins Al MacInnis
1988-1989 Chris Chelios Canadiens Paul Coffey
1987-1988 Ray Bourque Bruins Scott Stevens
1986-1987 Ray Bourque Bruins Mark Howe
1985-1986 Paul Coffey Oilers Mark Howe
1984-1985 Paul Coffey Oilers Ray Bourque
1983-1984 Rod Langway Capitals Paul Coffey
1982-1983 Rod Langway Capitals Mark Howe
1981-1982 Doug Wilson Blackhawks Ray Bourque
1980-1981 Randy Carlyle Penguins Denis Potvin
1979-1980 Larry Robinson Canadiens Borje Salming
1978-1979 Denis Potvin Islanders Larry Robinson
1977-1978 Denis Potvin Islanders Brad Park
1976-1977 Larry Robinson Canadiens Borje Salming
1975-1976 Denis Potvin Islanders Brad Park
1974-1975 Bobby Orr Bruins Denis Potvin
1973-1974 Bobby Orr Bruins Brad Park
1972-1973 Bobby Orr Bruins Guy Lapointe
1971-1972 Bobby Orr Bruins Brad Park
1970-1971 Bobby Orr Bruins Brad Park
1969-1970 Bobby Orr Bruins Brad Park
1968-1969 Bobby Orr Bruins Tim Horton
1967-1968 Bobby Orr Bruins J.C. Tremblay
1966-1967 Harry Howell Rangers Pierre Pilote
1965-1966 Jacques Laperriere Canadiens Pierre Pilote
1964-1965 Pierre Pilote Blackhawks Jacques Laperriere
1963-1964 Pierre Pilote Blackhawks Tim Horton
1962-1963 Pierre Pilote Blackhawks Carl Brewer
1961-1962 Doug Harvey Rangers Pierre Pilote
1960-1961 Doug Harvey Canadiens Marcel Pronovost
1959-1960 Doug Harvey Canadiens Allan Stanley
1958-1959 Tom Johnson Canadiens Bill Gadsby
1957-1958 Doug Harvey Canadiens Bill Gadsby
1956-1957 Doug Harvey Canadiens Red Kelly
1955-1956 Doug Harvey Canadiens Bill Gadsby
1954-1955 Doug Harvey Canadiens Red Kelly
1953-1954 Red Kelly Red Wings Doug Harvey