CHARA, GREEN AND LIDSTROM NAMED NORRIS TROPHY FINALISTS
NEW YORK (April 23, 2009) — Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Norris Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 18, during the 2009 NHL Awards show that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
Following are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Chara is a Norris Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season and for the third time in his career; he finished second with the Ottawa Senators in 2004 and was third as a Bruin in 2008. Chara was the cornerstone of a Bruins defense that helped the club post the NHL’s lowest goals-per-game figure this season (2.29). He ranked sixth in the NHL in average ice time (26:04), was 12th among all defensemen in scoring with 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) and posted a +23 rating.
Mike Green, Washington Capitals
A first-time Norris finalist, Green led all NHL defensemen in scoring with 73 points (31 goals, 42 assists) in 68 games and ranked second on the Capitals in plus-minus (+24). He set an NHL record for defensemen by scoring a goal in eight consecutive games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 14, breaking Mike O’Connell’s 25-year-old League mark; notched 18 power-play goals, one shy of the NHL record for defensemen; and became just the seventh NHL blueliner with a 30-goal season, the first since the Capitals’ Kevin Hatcher in 1992-93.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Lidstrom is a Norris Trophy finalist for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. He has captured the award six times, including the past three years consecutively. Lidstrom ranked third among NHL defensemen in scoring with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) and tied a career high with 10 power-play goals. He led the Red Wings in average ice time per game (24:49) and was a ‘plus’ player for the 17th time in 17 NHL seasons, placing second on the club and seventh in the League overall with a +31 rating.
The Norris Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1953-54 by the four children of the late James Norris, in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.
The NHL will announce the three finalists for each of its awards daily. The remaining announcement schedule:
Fri., Apr. 24: Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (skill/sportsmanship)
Mon., Apr. 27: Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
Tue., Apr. 28: Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)
Wed., Apr. 29: Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
Thur., Apr. 30: Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
Fri., May 1 Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year)
Mon., May 4 NHL Foundation Player Award (contributions to charitable causes)
Previously Announced Trophy Finalists
Calder Trophy (outstanding rookie):
Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks