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James Norris Memorial Trophy Winners

Best defensemen since 1954

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The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defenseman 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 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 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 and Nicklas Lidstrom won it seven times in their careers and Ray Bourque won it five times during his career; between them, those four players have won nearly half the Norris Trophies awarded to date. The Boston Bruins have won the most Norris Trophies with 14. The Montreal Canadiens are second with 12.

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.

 

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James Norris Memorial Trophy Winners
  • 2017: Brent Burns , San Jose Sharks
  • 2016 Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
  • 2015 Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
  • 2014 Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2013 P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
  • 2012 Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
  • 2011 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2010 Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2009 Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
  • 2008 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2007 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2006 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2004 Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils
  • 2003 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2002 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2001 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
  • 2000 Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
  • 1999 Al MacInnis, St. Louis Blues
  • 1998 Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings
  • 1997 Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
  • 1996 Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1995 Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1994 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • 1993 Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1992 Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
  • 1991 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • 1990 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • 1989 Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1988 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • 1987 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • 1986 Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
  • 1985 Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
  • 1984 Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
  • 1983 Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
  • 1982 Doug Wilson, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1981 Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1980 Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1979 Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
  • 1978 Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
  • 1977 Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1976 Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
  • 1975 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1974 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1973 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1972 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1971 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1970 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1969 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1968 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • 1967 Harry Howell, New York Rangers
  • 1966 Jacques Laperriere, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1965 Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1964 Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1963 Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1962 Doug Harvey, New York Rangers
  • 1961 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1960 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1959 Tom Johnson, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1958 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1957 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1956 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1955 Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
  • 1954 Red Kelly, Detroit Red Wings
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