LAS VEGAS — Not long after capturing the Norris Trophy in 2010, Duncan Keith took a look at the names attached to it and something stood out to the Blackhawks defenseman.
"I was kind of surprised to see some of the players who have only won it once," Keith said Tuesday at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. "There are some really good players, a lot of guys I grew up idolizing. It goes to show that there are a lot of good defensemen who play in the league and it's tough to win."
Keith's name now will appear twice after the veteran captured his second Norris, given to the NHL's top defenseman. After a standout 2013-14 season, the veteran finished with 1,033 voting points — including 68 first-place votes — from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to easily outdistance fellow finalists Zdeno Chara of the Bruins and Shea Weber of the Predators.
"It's a pretty surreal feeling," Keith said. "I'm just proud to represent all the defensemen. I know I wouldn't be up here without good teammates and I'm lucky to have a good defense partner in Brent Seabrook, who really complements my game. He's a big reason why I won in 2010 and he's a big reason why I won this year as well."
This season was arguably Keith's finest as he finished with six goals, 55 assists and a plus-23 rating in 59 games, while topping the Hawks in ice time for the ninth time in as many seasons.
Keith became the 12th multiple winner of the Norris and the third from the Hawks, joining Pierre Pilote and Chris Chelios. In addition, Keith was named to the NHL First All-Star Team. At 30, he still can improve.
"I know the level I can play at and I just think that as a player you're always trying to … find that level of consistency every single night," said Keith, who was also a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey to help people in the community. "It's not easy to do, but I just want to try to be at my best every single game. That's the key."
The rewards keep coming for Keith, who now has a second Norris to go along with two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals while playing for Canada. Those items on his resume are building a significant case for the Hockey Hall of Fame — not that Keith is thinking about that.
"For me, it's just trying to keep on getting better," he said. "I know there's lots for me to learn still and keep getting better. That's just where my mindset's at. When my career's over, whenever that'll be, I'm sure I'll look back on things like that."
The Hawks' Jonathan Toews finished third in voting for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league's top defensive forward. He was also a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award and finished ninth in voting for the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. Other results revealed Joel Quenneville was ninth in voting for the Jack Adams Award as top coach and Stan Bowman finished fourth among general managers.
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