Fox, Hedman, Makar named Norris Trophy finalists

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Adam Fox, Victor Hedman and Cale Makar were named finalists for the Norris Trophy on Wednesday.

The award is given annually to the defenseman voted to have demonstrated throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. The winner will be announced as part of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone during the Stanley Cup Semifinals or Stanley Cup Final.

Fox finished second among defensemen in scoring with 47 points (five goals, 42 assists) and was plus-19 in 55 games. He led the New York Rangers in average ice time per game (24:42) more than three minutes more than the defenseman Jacob Trouba, who was second (21:29). He was first among Rangers skaters in power-play ice time per game (3:45) and shorthanded ice time per game (2:36). 

A first-time finalist, Fox scored 23 power-play points, second at the position behind Hedman (24) and had 102 blocked shots (tied for 15th) and 38 takeaways. He would be the first Rangers player to win the award since Brian Leetch in 1996-97.

Makar, who won the Calder Trophy voted as the top rookie in the NHL last season, scored 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 44 games for the Colorado Avalanche this season and ranked first among defensemen in points per game (1.00; minimum 10 games played). He tied for the lead at the position in game-winning goals (three) and ranked fourth in power-play points (22). Makar finished second on the Avalanche in ice time per game (24:19) behind defenseman Devon Toews (24:46) and tied for first in takeaways (32) with Toews and forward Mikko Rantanen.

A first-time finalist, Makar helped Colorado finish with the best record in the regular season (39-13-4) and win the Presidents’ Trophy. He would be the first Avalanche player to win the award.

Hedman tied for third in scoring among defensemen with 45 points (nine goals, 36 assists), was plus-5 in 54 games and led the position in power-play points. He ranked seventh in the NHL in average ice time per game (25:03) and led the Tampa Bay Lightning in ice time (1352:26), power-play ice time per game (3:20) and was third in shorthanded ice time per game (2:23). He helped Tampa Bay rank sixth in goals against per game (2.59), fourth on the penalty kill (84.2 percent) and ninth on the power play (22.2 percent).

A finalist for the fifth straight season, Hedman won the award in 2017-18 and finished third each of the past two seasons. He helped the Lightning (36-17-3) qualify for the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy last season.

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