News

Chara, Keith, Weber named Norris Trophy finalists

Chara, Keith, Weber named Norris Trophy finalists

NORRIS TROPHY:Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) celebrates scoring a goal with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and defenseman Michal Rozsival (32). Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators were named finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, given to the top defenseman, the NHL said on Monday.

Chara, a six-time finalist who won the award in the 2008-09 season, averaged a team-high 24:39 of ice time per game, nearly three minutes more than the next-closest player, and also placed in the top 10 among NHL defensemen in goals (17), plus/minus (+25), power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (3).

Keith, a two-time finalist who captured the award for the NHL’s 2009-10 campaign, led all defensemen with 55 assists and ranked second among blueliners with 61 points while playing a team-high average of 24:38 per game.

Weber, a two-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy, ranked first among defensemen with 23 goals and set a franchise record for points by a blueliner with 56, leading the Predators in scoring for the second consecutive season.

The award winner will be named June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Julian Linden)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Soccer rocked as top FIFA officials arrested in U.S. corruption probe

Updated
fifaarrests

Seven of the most powerful figures in soccer face extradition to the U.S. after their arrest in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

in National

Storm death toll rises as Houston remains underwater

Updated
flood

Torrential rains and flooding have turned streets into rivers, killing more than a dozen people and destroying hundreds of homes.

in National

Ford recalls nearly a half-million vehicles

ford

Ford has recalled several models, including the Mustang and Taurus, for a power steering problem.

in Sports

BEST OF: Cavs sweep Hawks to head to NBA Finals

13-overlay7

Watch Cleveland win the Eastern Conference Championship through the lens of a high-def slow-motion camera.

in Sports

NHL Preview: Ducks battle Blackhawks in Game 6

17-overlay7

Here's a look at Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals.