Don’t get defensive, Drew Doughty nabs first Norris Trophy

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Plenty of NHL awards draw controversy, but the Norris Trophy often takes the cake.

This time around, Drew Doughty took the 2016 Norris Trophy, beating out Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators).

Jason Priestley handed out the trophy, which would be extra-fun if 90210 jokes were a little easier to come by.

It’s important to note the definition of the award in this case, which is: The NHL’s top “defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

One way or another, this decision will generate debate.

Check out more details on the voting:

2015-2016 Norris Trophy Voting

Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
1. Drew Doughty, LAK 1254 (93-37-10-4-3)
2. Erik Karlsson, OTT 1020 (46-54-27-14-5)
3. Brent Burns, SJS 619 (3-26-54-43-8)
4. Kris Letang, PIT 587 (8-24-40-40-19)
5. Roman Josi, NSH 120 (0-1-6-17-32)
6. John Klingberg, DAL 63 (0-2-2-6-21)
7. Victor Hedman, TBL 62 (0-2-3-6-15)
8. Ryan Suter, MIN 53 (0-1-3-7-10)
9. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI 30 (0-0-2-2-14)
10. Shea Weber, NSH 27 (0-1-1-4-3)
11. Duncan Keith, CHI 21 (0-1-1-1-6)
12. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG 8 (0-0-0-1-5)
13. Mark Giordano, CGY 7 (0-1-0-0-0)
14. P.K. Subban, MTL 6 (0-0-0-2-0)
15. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
16. Aaron Ekblad, FLA 4 (0-0-0-0-4)
17. Brian Campbell, FLA 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
Hampus Lindholm, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
20. Francois Beauchemin, COL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Jake Muzzin, LAK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Brent Seabrook, CHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Anton Stralman, TBL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Norris Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 Drew Doughty, L.A. Erik Karlsson, Ott.
2015 Erik Karlsson, Ott. Drew Doughty, L.A.
2014 Duncan Keith, Chi. Zdeno Chara, Bos.
2013 P.K. Subban, Mtl. Ryan Suter, Min.
2012 Erik Karlsson, Ott. Shea Weber, Nsh.
2011 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Shea Weber, Nsh.
2010 Duncan Keith, Chi. Mike Green, Wsh.
2009 Zdeno Chara, Bos. Mike Green, Wsh.
2008 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Dion Phaneuf, Cgy.
2007 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2006 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Scott Niedermayer, Ana.
2004 S. Niedermayer, N.J. Zdeno Chara, Ott.
2003 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Al MacInnis, St.L
2002 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Chris Chelios, Det.
2001 Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. Ray Bourque, Col.
2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1999 Al MacInnis, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1998 Rob Blake, L.A Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1997 Brian Leetch, NYR Vlad. Konstantinov, Det.
1996 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1995 Paul Coffey, Det. Chris Chelios, Chi.
1994 Ray Bourque, Bos. Scott Stevens, N.J.
1993 Chris Chelios, Chi. Ray Bourque, Bos.
1992 Brian Leetch, NYR Ray Bourque, Bos.
1991 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.
1990 Ray Bourque, Bos. Al MacInnis, Cgy.