Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating "the greatest all-around ability in the position," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Keith received 76 of 133 first-place votes and 1,096 points to edge Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, who garnered 34 first-place votes and 831 points to earn a second-place finish in Norris Trophy voting for the second consecutive season. Drew Doughty
of the LA Kings finished third in the voting, with 662 points and 15 first-place votes.
Playing all 82 games for the third time in his five-year NHL career, Keith logged a total of 2,180:34 in ice time, the most among all NHL players. Having steadily increased his production each year, he took his offense to another level this season, registering career highs in goals (14), assists (55) and points (69). Keith ranked second to Washington’s Mike Green among NHL defensemen in assists and points. He posted a plus-21 rating and is plus-84 over the past three seasons.
Keith is the fourth Blackhawks defenseman to capture the Norris Trophy since it was first presented in 1954, joining Pierre Pilote (1963 through 1965), Doug Wilson (1982) and Chris Chelios (1993 and 1996). He is the fifth defenseman in the expansion era to win the Norris and the Stanley Cup in the same season, following Bobby Orr (Boston, 1970 and 1972), Larry Robinson (Montreal, 1977), Paul Coffey (Edmonton, 1985) and Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit, 2002 and 2008).
Rob Blake is the only Kings player to ever win the award, being named the winner of the Norris Trophy in 1998.
Among NHL defensemen in 2009-10, Doughty ranked third in points (59), tied for second in goals (16), tied for fifth in assists (43), tied for second in power-play goals (9), second in power-play points (31) and tied for fifth in power-play assists (22). He also ranked first in game-winning goals (five).
Doughty’s 2009-10 season also included action on the International stage as he earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics (7 GP, 0-2=2). He tied for second on the club (and tied for fourth in tournament) with a plus-6 rating, and Doughty was the youngest player on Team Canada’s roster.
One of three Kings to play in all 82 regular season games this past season, Doughty ranked first on the club with a time-on-ice average of 24:58 per game, playing 25-plus minutes in nearly half of his games (39). Additionally, he had 12 multi-point games and the Kings had a record of 8-4-0 in those 12 contests. For his efforts, Doughty – the 12th defenseman in club history to record 50-plus points in one season and the second youngest - was selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman at the conclusion of the 2009-10 campaign.
Doughty was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. He was also selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman and Best Newcomer (Mark Bavis Memorial Award) that year as he led all NHL rookies and the Kings with 23:49 of time-on-ice per game. Additionally, Doughty tied for first among NHL rookie defensemen with 27 points and 21 assists, and tied for second among NHL rookie defensemen with six goals (also tied for first among Kings defensemen). Doughty, who was selected to participate in the YoungStars event as part of the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend and recorded two points (1-1=2) in the game (Jan. 24, 2009 at Montreal), made his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 2008 at San Jose, becoming the fifth youngest player (and second youngest defenseman) at the time to ever appear in a game for Kings.
The Kings originally selected Doughty with the second overall selection in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-0, 211-pound native of London, Ontario, has recorded 86 points (22-64=86) and 110 penalty minutes in 163 career regular season games with the Kings.
Prior to being selected by the Kings with the second overall pick in 2008, Doughty played his junior hockey in Guelph where he was named the Ontario Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year following the 2007-08 season.
Also during tonight’s Awards Show, Kings captain Dustin Brown
was honored as a Finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award for the second straight year. Additionally, Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille presented the Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) and Kings Vision / FS West host Heidi Androl served as the NHL Awards Red Carpet Correspondent as part of the Awards Show coverage on Versus.
|2009-2010 Norris Trophy Voting ||Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th |
|1. Duncan Keith, CHI ||1096 (76-37-14-2-1) |
|2. Mike Green, WSH ||831 (34-46-23-15-9) |
|3. Drew Doughty, L.A. ||662 (15-28-46-25-11) |