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Keith edges Weber, Chara for his second Norris Trophy

Jun 24, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the second Norris Trophy of his career on Tuesday, edging a potent group of finalists in the process.

The 30-year-old defenseman scored six goals and 55 assists for 61 points in 79 games, notching a +22 plus/minus. Those numbers aren’t far behind the sterling stats he produced in winning the 2010 Norris.

It couldn’t have been easy for voters. That being said, Keith actually beat finalists Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara by a pretty comfortable margin, as you can see from these results:

Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
1. Duncan Keith, CHI 1033 (68-35-17-7-2)
2. Zdeno Chara, BOS 667 (21-39-22-19-17)
3. Shea Weber, NSH 638 (26-23-29-19-15)
4. Ryan Suter, MIN 351 (9-12-20-22-11)
5. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 304 (3-13-18-25-18)
6. Drew Doughty, LA 284 (8-6-17-18-23)
7. Erik Karlsson, OTT 70 (0-5-3-4-8)
8. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 53 (0-1-4-5-11)
9. Victor Hedman, TB 42 (1-1-0-5-10)
10. Mark Giordano, CGY 36 (1-0-2-3-7)
11. Matt Niskanen, PIT 36 (0-1-2-5-4)

More than a few people wondered why Drew Doughty wasn’t in the top three after some masterful playoff work, even if postseason production isn’t factored into voting. As it turns out, he wasn’t even in the top five.

Here’s a list of the Norris winners and the second highest vote-getters since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2014 Duncan Keith, Chi. Zdeno Chara, Bos.
2013 P.K. Subban, Mtl. Ryan Suter, Min.
2012 Erik Karlsson, Ott. Shea Weber, Nsh.
2011 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Shea Weber, Nsh.
2010 Duncan Keith, Chi. Mike Green, Wsh.
2009 Zdeno Chara, Bos. Mike Green, Wsh.
2008 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Dion Phaneuf, Cgy.
2007 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2006 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2004 S. Niedermayer, N.J. Zdeno Chara, Ott.
2003 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Al MacInnis, St.L
2002 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Chris Chelios, Det.
2001 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Ray Bourque, Col.
2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1999 Al MacInnis, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1998 Rob Blake, L.A Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1997 Brian Leetch, NYR Vlad. Konstantinov, Det.
1996 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1995 Paul Coffey, Det. Chris Chelios, Chi.
1994 Ray Bourque, Bos. Scott Stevens, N.J.
1993 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1992 Brian Leetch, NYR Ray Bourque, Bos.
1991 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.
1990 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.

  1. jpat2424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Well deserved

  2. hawksin5 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    absolutely F’n right he won, Chara is the most overrated player in the league, and Weber is great, but doesnt have the speed or two way game that keith does.

    • shutton83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Overrated for Chara is hardly the right word, he’s still one of if not the best shutdown defenseman in the game and still has some good scoring abilities from the blue line and screening down low. A god some make him out to be? Not at all, top 3 defenseman in the league? Absolutely

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      If you want to talk about overrated, look at last years “winner.”

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        Seen a lot of him in the playoffs, game changer.

  3. ronniethec - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    All 3 players are excellent and any of the 3 are deserving to win. To me it’s a shame that Drew Doughty is overlooked every year, for if I could have any one defenseman on my team it would be Drew. Oh, wait a minute. He is on my team.

    • blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM


      Ronnie the Tech – Let these fools ‘revel’ in their plastic trophies and ersatz awards, there in the ‘phoniest’ city in the world no less ! :) As you can obviously appreciate friend, at the end of the day there is only ‘one’ trophy and/or award which truly counts and which everyone is aspiring to win … and that of course is the Stanley Cup, the most ‘difficult’ trophy to win in professional sports today bar none ! Yes sir ! And we glorious and righteous Kings have now done that ‘twice’ in the last three years ! You just gotta love it man ! :)



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  4. hardkor07mn - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Chara is an overgrown giraffe that should have played basketball. He sucks!

  5. shaundre93 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    To everyone who likes to talk down on Chara… please just look at the stats. Since he got off the Island he’s averaged like 45 pts per season and aside from his first year in Bos he’s averaged about a +25. That’s crazy good for a guy who until this past season played around 28 min a night against top competition. On top of all that advanced statistics are proving he is still a possession monster playing some of the toughest min in the NHL. All that said Im ok with Keith winning the award. You really couldn’t choose wrong this year, but I have a bias towards defense first players so I’d have voted1.Weber 2.Chara 3.Keith

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    This is bull! Suter deserved it! The guy plays like 59 minutes a game and only ends up with a -2 !!

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      You are right…. and in my opinion Ryan Suter is by far the best Defense-man in the league. If you watched the Minnesota VS Colorado series you can clearly tell that Suter came together with the coach and came up with that defensive scheme that was just genius. It is sad that they give a defender who is weak on the puck and often out of position and caught pinching over a guy who is solid at the blue line, Has a beast slap shot and can clear the puck out of his own zone. I am not a fan of any of these teams. I am just an innocent bi-standard and am a fan of the New Jersey Devils. This trophy is highly misleading….

  7. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    All 3 are great defense-men no doubt, but in my eyes this trophy is very misleading on to what it is awarded on anymore. I have seen Duncan Keith look Mediocre if not Amateur in his own end of the ice. Giving up many turnovers, being lite on the puck and/or just a simple move along the boards and the offensive player flys right by him. This award should either 1, Be Rephrased to best Offensive Defense Man or 2. They need to make a second Category for Best Defensive Defense Man in the league. There are many Players that could have been up there that were not even mentioned and I for one would of giving this award to a guy like Brent Seabrook, Drew Doughty, and Definitely Shea Weber over Duncan Keith. This award is poisoning the minds of Defenders in the league. Subban and Phaneuf are just a few and they are HORRIBLE Defenders. Sh** you could have put Mike Green of the Washington Capitals up there and people wouldn’t know the difference. Along with the guy above and he is right. Suter did deserve it and he wasnt even mentioned. It is very sad that great DEFENDERS get over looked on this awards for doing what they are there to do.

    • toewzer - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Clearly you have a bias towards Keith. Especially when bringing Drew Doughty’s name into the award. Doughty was pathetic in his own end and relentlessly gave the puck away to the opponent. 82 giveaways and 16 takeaways for Doughty this season.

    • Professor Fate - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      For perspective:

      Duncan Keith 70 giveaways 48 takeaways 36 hits
      Drew Doughty 82 16 120
      Zdeno Chara 62 20 163
      Ryan McDonagh 66 51 88
      Shea Weber 50 35 169
      Brent Seabrook 68 35 171
      P.K. Subban 83 26 135
      Dion Phaneuf 60 32 227

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