Zdeno Chara named Norris Trophy finalist

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been named one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy. Nashville’s Shea Weber and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson are the other two finalists. The award goes to the defenseman who demonstrates the best all-around ability during the regular season.

This is the fourth time in the last five years Chara has been named a finalist. Chara won the Norris Trophy for the first time in 2009. Chara finished third in the voting last year, when Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom won the award.

Chara scored 12 goals and had 40 assists for a career-high 52 points. Chara averaged 25:00 of ice time per game. Chara’s primary responsibility was to serve as a shutdown defenseman against opponents’ top forwards.

The winner will be announced on June 20 in Las Vegas.

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