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The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL)'s top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."

The James Norris Memorial Trophy has been awarded 59 times to 25 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, the owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season.

Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins won the award for a record eight consecutive seasons (1968–75). Doug Harvey and Nicklas Lidstrom have won the award seven times while Ray Bourque won it five times.

The Boston Bruins have had the most Norris Trophies winners with 14; the Montreal Canadiens have had the second most with 12.

Only two players have won both the Norris and Hart Memorial Trophy for the league Most Valuable Player in the same season: Bobby Orr (who won both trophies in the 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1971–72 seasons) and Chris Pronger (who won the Hart and Norris in the 1999–2000 NHL season).

Six different defensemen won the Hart Trophy before the Norris Trophy's establishment: Herb Gardiner, Eddie Shore (four times), Albert "Babe" Siebert, Ebbie Goodfellow, Tommy Anderson and Babe Pratt.

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.

Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL awards ceremony after the conclusion of the playoffs.

James Norris Memorial Trophy WinnersEdit

  • (Blue: player is still active in the NHL)
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 zzz2004-05 NHL lockout – No winner
2005–06 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 4
2006–07 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 5
2007–08 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 6
2008–09 Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara Boston Bruins 1
2009–10 Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks 1
2010–11 Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 7
2011–12 Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa Senators 1
2012–13 Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens 1
2013–14 Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks 2
2014–15 Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa Senators 2
2015–16 Doughty, DrewDrew Doughty Los Angeles Kings 1

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