Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is one of three finalists for the 2014 James Norris Trophy, given annually to the defenseman who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability, NHL officials announced Monday.
Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) also are finalists for the top award, which Keith won in the 2009-10 season when he helped to lead the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup title.
"It's a huge honor to be nominated," Keith said in a statement. "I wouldn't be nominated without having great teammates and a great defense partner in Brent Seabrook. It's a special feeling to be up for this award."
This season, Keith collected 61 points (6 goals, 55 assists) in 79 games, tying a career-high in assists and marking the second-highest point total of his NHL career. Those totals ranked him first among defenseman in assists and second among defensemen in points.
If he captures the honor, Keith would be the third Blackhawks player to earn more than one Norris Trophy. Other Blackhawks to win the award have included Pierre Pilote (1963, 1964, 1965), Doug Wilson (1982), and Chris Chelios (1993, 1996).
Earlier this season, head coach Joel Quenneville said he believed Keith was playing even better than when he won the award in 2010.
"I think he's been at a better level this year as far as both sides of the puck," Quenneville said. "Obviously his production has been high-end.
"Defensively, him and (Brent Seabrook) together have been an excellent pair, so it's been a real good year for him."
• Mike Spellman will have more on the Blackhawks and Duncan Keith later today.