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James Norris Memorial Trophy
Hhof norris
Established 1953-54 NHL season
Current holder Nicklas Lidstrom
Awarded to thetop "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position" in the National Hockey League[1]

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position".[1] The James Norris Memorial Trophy has been awarded 52 times to 21 different players since its beginnings in 1954. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season.

HistoryEdit

The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952.[1] The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953-54 NHL season.

Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins has won the award a record eight consecutive seasons from 1968 to 1975. Doug Harvey won the award seven times, while Ray Bourque and Nicklas Lidstrom each won it five times during their careers. On the strength of the dominance of Orr and Bourque, the Boston Bruins have won the most Norris Trophies with 13. The Montreal Canadiens are second with 11.[2]

There are only two players that have won both the Norris and Hart Memorial Trophy for the same season: Bobby Orr, who won both trophies for the 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1971–72 seasons and Chris Pronger, who won the Hart and Norris for the 1999-2000 NHL season.[3] Six different defensemen won the Hart Trophy before the Norris Trophy's establishment: Billy Burch, Eddie Shore (four times), Herb Gardiner, Ebbie Goodfellow, Tommy Anderson, and Babe Pratt.[4]

The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system.[5] Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the playoffs.

WinnersEdit

Brleetch

Brian Leetch, two-time winner.

Chrisprongerdryden

Chris Pronger, one-time winner.

Snieds-ducks

Scott Niedermayer, one-time winner.

NicklasLidstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom, five-time winner.

     Player is still active

Season Winner Team Win #
1953–54 Kelly, RedRed Kelly Detroit Red Wings 1
1954–55 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 1
1955–56 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 2
1956–57 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 3
1957–58 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 4
1958–59 Johnson, TomTom Johnson Montreal Canadiens 1
1959–60 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 5
1960–61 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey Montreal Canadiens 6
1961–62 Harvey, DougDoug Harvey New York Rangers 7
1962–63 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 1
1963–64 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 2
1964–65 Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote Chicago Black Hawks 3
1965–66 Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere Montreal Canadiens 1
1966–67 Howell, HarryHarry Howell New York Rangers 1
1967–68 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 1
1968–69 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 2
1969–70 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 3
1970–71 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 4
1971–72 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 5
1972–73 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 6
1973–74 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 7
1974–75 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr Boston Bruins 8
1975–76 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 1
1976–77 Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson Montreal Canadiens 1
1977–78 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 2
1978–79 Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin New York Islanders 3
1979–80 Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson Montreal Canadiens 2
1980–81 Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle Pittsburgh Penguins 1
1981–82 Wilson, DougDoug Wilson Chicago Black Hawks 1
1982–83 Langway, RodRod Langway Washington Capitals 1
1983–84 Langway, RodRod Langway Washington Capitals 2
1984–85 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 1
1985–86 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 2
1986–87 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 1
1987–88 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 2
1988–89 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Montreal Canadiens 1
1989–90 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 3
1990–91 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 4
1991–92 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers 1
1992–93 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks 2
1993–94 Bourque, RayRay Bourque Boston Bruins 5
1994–95 Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey Detroit Red Wings 3
1995–96 Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks 3
1996–97 Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch New York Rangers 2
1997–98 Blake, RobRob Blake Los Angeles Kings 1
1998–99 MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis St. Louis Blues 1
1999–2000 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger St. Louis Blues 1
2000–01 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 1
2001–02 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 2
2002–03 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 3
2003–04 Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer New Jersey Devils 1
2004–05 zzzNo winner due to the
2004-05 NHL lockout
- -
2005–06 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 4
2006–07 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 5

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Norris Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-16.
  2. James Norris Memorial Trophy history. canadianencyclopedia.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-16.
  3. Blues trade Chris Pronger to Edmonton for three players including Brewer. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-16.
  4. Hart Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-16.
  5. Dolezar, Jon (2003-04-20). Foppa shows the most Hart. SI.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-17.

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