The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. 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. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season. Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins won the award for a record eight consecutive seasons (1968–75). Doug Harvey won the award seven times, while Nicklas Lidstrom has won it six times in his career and Ray Bourque won it five times during his career; between them, those four players have won half the Norris Trophies awarded to date. The Boston Bruins have won the most Norris Trophies with 13. The Montreal Canadiens are second with 11. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10–7–5–3–1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL awards ceremony after the conclusion of the playoffs.
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.
Season Winner Team Runner-Up
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 Penguins Mark Howe
1984-1985 Paul Coffey Penguins Ray Bourque
1983-1984 Rod Langway Capitals Paul Coffey
1982-1983 Rod Langway Capitals Mark Howe
1981-1982 Douglas 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 Jean 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