Duncan Keith put together a regular season that rivaled his 2009-10 campaign. On Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was rewarded for this season much like he was that one.
Keith was named the 2014 Norris Trophy winner for the second time in his career, as the NHL had its awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Keith, who finished with 68 first-place votes, became the league’s only active defenseman with multiple Norris Trophy victories. He was also named to the NHL's first All-Star team.
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Meanwhile, Jonathan Toews, who won the Selke Trophy in 2013, finished third in this season’s voting. Patrice Bergeron of Boston took home the award for best defensive forward. Fellow Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa finished fifth in the Selke voting.
Coach Joel Quenneville talked midway through this season on how strong Keith looked, saying his game was as good, if not better, than it was the first time he won the Norris in 2009-10, when the Blackhawks also won the Stanley Cup.
As far as statistics go, Keith’s 2013-14 numbers were comparable to when he won in 2009-10: Keith had 55 assists in each season, was a plus-21 en route to his first Norris Trophy and a plus-22 en route to this one.