“I was kind of surprised to see some of the players who have only won it once,” Keith said Tuesday at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. “There are some really good players, a lot of guys I grew up idolizing. It goes to show that there are a lot of good defensemen who play in the league and it’s tough to win.”
Keith’s name will now appear twice after the veteran captured his second Norris, given to the NHL’s top defenseman. The veteran finished with 1.033 voting points — including 68 first-place nods — from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to easily out-distance fellow finalists Zdeno Chara of the Bruins and the Predators’ Shea Weber.
“It’s a pretty surreal feeling,” Keith said. “I’m just proud to represent all the defensemen. I know I wouldn’t be up here without good teammates and I’m lucky to have a good defense partner in Brent Seabrook, who really complements my game. He’s a big reason why I won in 2010 and he’s a big reason why I won this year as well.”
Keith is the only active NHL defenseman to have won multiple Norris trophies and became the third Hawks player to win multiple times, joining Pierre Pilote and Chris Chelios
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews finished third in the voting for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the top defensive forward. The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron was the winner.
Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC