James Norris Memorial Trophy

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James Norris Memorial Trophy
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Established 1953–54 NHL season
Current holder(s) Duncan Keith
Awarded to the top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position" in the National Hockey League[1]

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is given out to the National Hockey League's best "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position".[1] The James Norris Memorial Trophy has been awarded 53 times to 22 different players since it was first created in 1954. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to decide the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season.

History[change | change source]

The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952.[1] The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1953–54 NHL season.

Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins won the award for a record eight seasons in a row (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. The Boston Bruins have won the most Norris Trophies with 14. The Montreal Canadiens are second with 11.[2]

There are only two players that have won both the Norris and Hart Memorial Trophy for the same season: Bobby Orr, who won both trophies for the 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1971–72 seasons, and Chris Pronger, who won the Hart and Norris for the 1999–2000 NHL season.[3]

Seven different defensemen won the Hart Trophy before the Norris Trophy's establishment: Billy Burch, Eddie Shore (four times), Herb Gardiner, Albert "Babe" Siebert, Ebbie Goodfellow, Tommy Anderson and Babe Pratt.[4]

The voting is done at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each voter picks their top five candidates on a 10–7–5–3–1 points system.[5] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL awards ceremony after the end of the playoffs.

Winners[change | change source]

Bobby Orr, eight-time winner.
Nicklas Lidstrom, seven-time winner.
Ray Bourque, five-time winner.
Brian Leetch, two-time winner.
Chris Pronger, one-time winner.
Zdeno Chara, one-time winner.

     Player is still active      Player elected to Hockey Hall of Fame      Eligible player not yet elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Season Winner Team Win #
1953–54 Kelly, RedRed Kelly Detroit Red Wings 1
1954–55 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 1
1955–56 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 2
1956–57 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 3
1957–58 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 4
1958–59 Johnson, TomTom Johnson Montreal Canadiens 1
1959–60 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 5
1960–61 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 6
1961–62 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey New York Rangers 7
1962–63 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 1
1963–64 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 2
1964–65 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 3
1965–66 Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens 1
1966–67 Howell, HarryHarry Howell New York Rangers 1
1967–68 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 1
1968–69 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 2
1969–70 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 3
1970–71 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 4
1971–72 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 5
1972–73 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 6
1973–74 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 7
1974–75 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 8
1975–76 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 1
1976–77 Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson Montreal Canadiens 1
1977–78 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 2
1978–79 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 3
1979–80 Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson Montreal Canadiens 2
1980–81 Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle Pittsburgh Penguins 1
1981–82 Wilson, DougDoug Wilson Chicago Black Hawks 1
1982–83 Langway, RodRod Langway Washington Capitals 1
1983–84 Langway, RodRod Langway Washington Capitals 2
1984–85 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 1
1985–86 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 2
1986–87 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 1
1987–88 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 2
1988–89 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 3
1990–91 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 4
1991–92 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers 1
1992–93 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks 2
1993–94 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 5
1994–95 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Detroit Red Wings 3
1995–96 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks 3
1996–97 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers 2
1997–98 Blake, RobRob Blake Los Angeles Kings 1
1998–99 MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis St. Louis Blues 1
1999–2000 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger St. Louis Blues 1
2000–01 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 1
2001–02 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 2
2002–03 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 3
2003–04 Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer New Jersey Devils 1
2004–05 zzz2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
2005–06 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 4
2006–07 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 5
2007–08 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 6
2008–09 Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks 1
2010–11 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 7
2011–12 Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa Senators 1
2012–13 Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban Montreal Canadiens 1
2013–14 Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks 2

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