Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Trophy, the NHL announced today.
The 37-year-old won the award given to the NHL’s top defenseman in 2009, and this marks the sixth time he is a finalist.
Chara spent 2013-14 regular season anchoring a Bruins defense that saw major injuries to veterans Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, but still finished the year as one of the top blue lines in the NHL, allowing the second fewest goals in the league.
Chara played 77 games for the Bruins this season, tallying 17 goals and 23 assists, with a plus-minus rating of +25. In the Bruins’ first round playoff series against the Red Wings, he scored two goals in helping the Bruins’ defeat Detroit in five games.
Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Nashville’s Shea Weber were named as the other two Norris Trophy finalists. The recipient of the award will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Chara’s teammates Tuuka Rask and Patrice Bergeron are also up for trophies, the Vezina and Selke, respectively.