The morning after the Nashville Predators won their first ever playoff series by beating Anaheim 4-2, Predators Captain Shea Weber received his first ever Norris Trophy nomination.
The Norris Trophy is given to the defenseman judged to be the best in the National Hockey League.
This season,Weber tallied 16 goals and added 32 assists for 48 points. He was 6th in the League for hits by a defenseman, 2nd in takeaways for his position, 3rd on defense in shots.
Weber was third in ice time for the entire 2010-11 season averaging 25:19 per game. It was a career season for Weber who set career highs in games played (82), average ice time, assists (32) and shots (254).
The two-time All-Star also took over the franchise lead in goals by a defenseman for the Predators with 80 tallies.
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings are the other Norris finalists.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season.
Now, Weber is leading the team in the post season. During the first round of the playoffs, Weber had 3 goals and 2 assists and was +4 in six games. Weber scored with just under 40 seconds left in regulation during game 5, forcing overtime. The Predators went on to win the game and the series.
Now Nashville awaits to see who they will face in the second round.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was nominated for the Vezina Trophy on Friday morning, the award given to the best goalie in the League. David Poile is also up for the General Manager of the Year Award.
The NHL Awards will be handed out in Vegas on June 22, 2011.
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