OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators and Team Alfredsson poses prior to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
SB Nation's collection of hockey bloggers have teamed up to vote for the 2012 NHL Awards. Today, we reveal our selection for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman. Monday: Vezina Trophy. Follow @SBNationNHL
The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the best all-around defenseman in the NHL. Here at SB Nation, bloggers from our 33 hockey blogs have cast their own ballots for the award.
Ballots featured three fill-in-the-blank spaces for the Norris Trophy, and voters were asked to select a third-place finisher, a second-place finisher and a winner for the award. Players receiving third-place votes were awarded one point, second-place votes were awarded two points and first-place votes were awarded three points. 39 ballots were submitted in total.
And the winner is ....
- Second place: Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.
- Third place: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.
- Others receiving votes: Alex Pietrangelo, Nicklas Lidstrom, Ryan McDonagh, Brian Campbell, Ryan Suter, Brent Seabrook, Jay Bouwmeester (yep), Dennis Wideman, Keith Yandle, Mark Streit, P.K. Subban.
Here's the full points breakdown -- not votes, but points, based on the criteria detailed above. Three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote:
|Shea Weber||3||Shea Weber||26||Shea Weber||36||65|
|Zdeno Chara||10||Zdeno Chara||22||Zdeno Chara||27||59|
|Erik Karlsson||10||Erik Karlsson||10||Erik Karlsson||27||47|
|Alex Pietrangelo||7||Alex Pietrangelo||8||Alex Pietrangelo||12||27|
|Nicklas Lidstrom||3||Nicklas Lidstrom||4||Nicklas Lidstrom||3||10|
|Ryan McDonagh||2||Ryan McDonagh||6||8|
|Brian Campbell||2||Brian Campbell||3||5|
Be sure to check in with your favorite SB Nation hockey blogs to see how writers covering each team cast their ballots. Check back on Tuesday as we announce our winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's most gentlemanly player.