LAS VEGAS AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — At the 2010 National Hockey League Awards, held at the Palms in Las Vegas, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty finished third in the voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s best defenseman during the regular season.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith received 1,096 votes (76 first place votes) to win the award. Washington Capitals blue liner Mike Green received 831 votes (34 first place votes), while Doughty was a fairly distant third with 662 votes (15 first place votes, 28 second place votes and 46 third place votes).
But the news was not all bad for Doughty, as he was named as a Second Team NHL All-Star for the 2009-10 season in just his second season in the NHL. He joined defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, forwards Sidney Crosby, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on the squad.
The First Team squad includes Keith and Green, along with forwards Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin, Henrik Sedin and goaltender Ryan Miller.
Doughty is the first Kings player to be named to a post-season All-Star team since Luc Robitaille in 2000-01 and the first defenseman since Rob Blake in 1999-00.
For more on what made Doughty a finalist for the Norris Trophy and a Second Team NHL All-Star, check out NHL’s Norris Trophy Should Go To Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty.
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