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by George Malik on 06/22/11 at 08:17 PM ET
I can’t wait until we see the voting on this one…Nicklas Lidstrom just won his seventh Norris Trophy, and the Red Wings’ captain now only trails Bobby Orr in Norris Trophies won.
Update Via Paul and NHL.com:
Red Wings’ Lidstrom Wins Seventh Norris Trophy:
Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings has won his seventh career James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Lidstrom edged Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators 736-727 in the closest race for first place since 1996, when Chicago’s Chris Chelios finished five points ahead of Boston’s Ray Bourque, 408-403. With Lidstrom, Weber and third-place Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins receiving similar first-place vote totals (Lidstrom 35, Weber 32, Chara 33) and the trio separated by just 48 points, this marks the tightest three-way race for the Norris Trophy since its introduction in 1954.
Lidstrom’s 19th NHL season was one of his most productive, ranking second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 62 points (16 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games. He tied for fourth place among League defensemen in goals, was third in assists and tied for sixth in power-play goals (six).
The 41-year-old Red Wings captain, who yesterday announced he will return to Detroit for a 20th season in 2011-12, led the Central Division champions in ice time by averaging 23:28 per contest.
The 41-year-old Vasteras, Sweden native is the third defenseman in League history with as many as seven Norris Trophy wins, joining Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Orr (eight) and Doug Harvey (seven).
2010-2011 Norris Trophy Voting
1. Nicklas Lidstrom, DET 736 (35-23-34-15-10)
2. Shea Weber, NSH 727 (32-41-14-14-8)
3. Zdeno Chara, BOS 688 (33-24-24-20-10)
4. Lubomir Visnovsky, ANA 573 (20-20-26-28-19)
5. Keith Yandle, PHX 312 (5-10-17-25-32)
6. Kris Letang, PIT 144 (2-3-9-12-22)
7. Dustin Byfuglien, ATL 33 (0-2-1-3-5)
8. Christian Ehrhoff, VAN 28 (0-0-1-6-5)
9. Duncan Keith, CHI 24 (0-1-1-3-3)
10. Matt Carle, PHI 8 (0-1-0-0-1)
Drew Doughty, L.A. 8 (0-1-0-0-1)
Chris Pronger, PHI 8 (0-1-0-0-1)
13. Toni Lydman, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
14. Dan Boyle, S.J. 3 (0-0-0-0-3)
15. Ryan Suter, NSH 2 (0-0-0-0-2)
16. Brian Campbell, CHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Dan Hamhuis, VAN 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Andrej Meszaros, PHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Tyler Myers, BUF 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Marc Staal, NYR 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Norris Trophy Winners Since 1990
Year Winner Runner-up
2010 Duncan Keith, Chi. Mike Green, Wsh.
2009 Zdeno Chara, Bos. Mike Green, Wsh.
2008 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Dion Phaneuf, Cgy.
2007 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2006 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2004 S. Niedermayer, N.J. Zdeno Chara, Ott.
2003 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Al MacInnis, St.L
2002 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Chris Chelios, Det.
2001 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Ray Bourque, Col.
2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
Year Winner Runner-up
1999 Al MacInnis, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1998 Rob Blake, L.A Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1997 Brian Leetch, NYR Vlad. Konstantinov, Det.
1996 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1995 Paul Coffey, Det. Chris Chelios, Chi.
1994 Ray Bourque, Bos. Scott Stevens, N.J.
1993 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1992 Brian Leetch, NYR Ray Bourque, Bos.
1991 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.
1990 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.
Via Paul, here’s Nick with Little Sweden (Annika and the boys) on the red carpet:
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