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Drew Doughty wins the James Norris Memorial Trophy

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was named the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, the National Hockey League announced on June 22.

The Norris Trophy is awarded to hockey’s top defenseman.

Doughty is the second Kings defenseman to win the award (Rob Blake in 1998).

Doughty was selected as a finalist/top-vote-getter (Top 5) for the Norris in 2015 and 2010 as well.

Blake was also a finalist/top-vote-getter (Top 5) for the award in 2000 and Steve Duchesne was a finalist/top-vote-getter (Top 5) in 1989.

Doughty is set to begin his ninth season with the Kings.

This past season, he led Kings defensemen in scoring for fifth consecutive season, totaling 51 points (14-37=51) as he appeared in all 82 regular season games.  He added an additional assist in five post-season games during the recently completed 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Doughty is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (2012 and 2014), and he ranks second on the Kings all-time scoring list among defensemen with 318 points (80-238=318) in 606 career regular season games.  On the Kings career post-season scoring list, Doughty ranks first among defensemen (seventh overall) with 51 points (16-35=51) in 81 career post-season games.  Doughty is a 26-year-old native of London, Ontario.  He was drafted by the Kings in the first-round (2nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and he made his Kings/NHL debut during the 2008-09 season.

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