‘Washington Capitals Defenseman Mike Green’
courtesy of ‘marc.benton’
Congrats to Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green being named a finalist for the NHL’s Norris Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defenseman. Green was named one of three finalists on Friday, alongside Drew Doughty (LA Kings) and Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks).
Green was a finalist last year and a runner-up to Boston’s Zdeno Chara. Green led all defensemen during the regular season in goals (29), points (76), assists (57), and power-play goals (10). He faces some tough competition for the Norris with Keith and Doughty; the winner will be announced on June 23 during the NHL’s awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cheer on Green and the Caps tonight as they attempt once again to close out their first round playoff series in Montreal versus the Canadiens.
Quick question, for all the NHL awards that they’re announcing the finalists for, has the final voting already taken place and these guys are just the top 3 in the final voting? Just curious in case playoff performance (or lack there of) might affect someone’s vote.
According to the NHL website, the winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. So yeah, the winner is already determined.
Good thing for Green, too – his play has been…lackluster…so far in this series.