The National Hockey League announced the three finalists for the 2011 Norris Trophy on Tuesday, and not many people were surprised by who has been nominated.
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber are all up for the award. The Norris is given annually to the league’s top defenceman. The winner will be announced on June 22 at the NHL awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is Lidstrom’s 11th nomination in the last 13 seasons. He has won the award six times in 19 NHL seasons. During those 19 seasons, he has scored 253 goals and 855 assists to go along with a plus-429 rating in 1,494 games. The 2010-2011 regular season was the first in which Lidstrom did not finish with a plus/minus rating plus-7 or better.
Chara, the 2009 Norris winner, is up for the trophy for a fourth time. His plus-33 rating was a league best, while his 14 goals were tied for sixth best among all defencemen. In 81 games this season, Chara had 14 goals and 30 assists for a total of 44 points.
Weber, 25, played in all 82 games in 2010-2011. He totaled 16 goals and 32 assists, while recording a plus-7 rating. His six power play goals were a big part of the Predators’ attack, while his 211 hits made him a physical force on the back-end.
The Sicamous, British Columbia native set career highs in games, average ice time, assists and shots.
The nominees were selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers association, who submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the end of the regular season.
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