NHL Awards, James Norris Memorial: Nominee Mark Giordano

The NHL awards take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19 and WSN.com takes a closer look at the three finalist for the award given to the league’s most outstanding defenseman - the James Norris Memorial trophy. The Calgary Flames Mark Giordano, San Jose’s Brent Burns, and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman are all vying to lead the voting and the home the award. Viewers can watch live on NBCSN and Sportsnet at 8PM EST.

How to Watch

Where: Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 8PM EST

How (TV): NBC Sportsnet, Sportsnet

Also take a look at these articles covering the NHL Awards and learn more about the nominees for the Calder Trophy, the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award:

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Mark Giordano - Calgary Flames (74 points)

Mark Giordano, captain of the Calgary Flames, received the first Norris award nomination of his career this year. Through 78 games played this season, Giordano put together 17 goals and 57 assists - good for 74 points and second to only San Jose’s Brent Burns when it comes to offensive scoring. This was the 35-year-old’s 13th season in the NHL.

What Giordano did lead his peers in was +/- where Giordano finished the season as a plus-39. He also had four short-handed goals and six short-handed points, showing his defensive talents off while killing penalties. He also led all nominees with 144 blocked shots.

Brent Burns - San Jose Sharks (83 points)

Brent Burns won his first Jame Norris award two years ago in 2017. 2019 marked the 34-year-old’s 15th NHL season and he shows no signs of slowing down - being the only defenseman in the top-25 this season in league-wide scoring. He’s also the only nominee to play all 82 regular season games.

Burns led all defenseman in several statistics. In scoring, Burns finished with 16 goals and 67 assists - good for 83 points. He also led in points-per-game, going 1.01 on average. Burns had seven powerplay goals and six game-winners and led all defensemen with 300 shots.

Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning (54 points)

Like Burns, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman is no stranger to the Norris award, having won it last year in 2018. And, although plagued with late season injuries and concussion symptoms, he finds himself nominated for the award yet again.

In 70 games played, Hedman registered 12 goals and 42 assists - good for 54 points. He finished the season as a plus-24 with two powerplay goals and 25 powerplay points - almost half of his total for the year. He added one short-handed points and four game-winning goals - two of them in overtime.

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