June 25, 2014
Former Michigan State defenseman Duncan Keith has claimed his second Norris Trophy as the top defenseman in the National Hockey League. Keith received the honor at Tuesday night's NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith told NHL.com. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defensemen in the League and I'm proud to represent all the defensemen."
Keith, who also won the award in 2010, claimed this year's honor in a near landslide. He garnered 68 first-place votes - 47 more than second-place Zdeno Chara. Keith finished with 1,033 points in the final voting, followed by Chara with 667 and Shea Weber with 638.
Keith finished the season with six goals and 55 assists and was a plus-22. The 55 assists tied a career high and was tops among all defensemen in the league. His 61 points were second most among defensemen.
The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
As a two-time winner, Keith joins an exclusive club as since 1990, only Ray Bourque, Brian Leetch, Chris Chelios, and Nicklas Lidstrom have won the Norris Trophy more than once.
Also on Tuesday night, Torey Krug was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Krug led all rookie defensemen with 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points. He appeared in 79 games and became just the fifth defensemen in Bruins history to record at least 10 goals in his debut season.
The Livonia native also led all rookie defensemen in power-play goals (6), power-play assists (13) and power-play points (19), and ranked third in plus/minus (+18).
Krug was nearly a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, finishing fourth in the voting. The trophy is awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.