BOSTON, MA - The NHL announced today, April 28, that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Trophy. The Norris Trophy is awarded annually awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” 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 other finalists for the award are Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
The B's Captain served as the backbone for the team's defensive structure on a squad that allowed the second fewest goals in the NHL (171), paving a path for Boston to earn a league-best +84 GF/GA. Chara finished the regular season with a plus-25 rating (seventh among NHL defensemen), despite being matched against the oppositions top players in both even-strength and shorthanded situations, while completing 57 of 77 games played with an even or positive rating.
The 37-year-old Chara finished ninth among NHL defensemen in shorthanded time on ice at 244:44. The 6'9'', 255-pound Bruin posted 17 goals, which is the second best mark of his career and ranked fourth among all blueliners. He also completed the 2013-14 campaign second in power play goals with 10 among D-men, which also tied his second best power play goal production of his career.
Chara earned his first Norris Trophy in the 2008-09 season while finishing second in 2004 and third in 2008, 2011 and 2012.