Boston's Zdeno Chara is one of the league's most physically imposing defensemen. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman, the league announced on Monday.
The winner will be announced on June 24 after a vote by the Professional Hockey Writers Association that was held after the regular season ended.
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Chara's Bruins and Keith's Blackhawks have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, while Weber's Predators failed to make the postseason.
Chara, 37, who won the award in 2008-09, had 40 points this season (17 goals, 23 assists). He is 6-foot-9 and has one of the league's most powerful shots.
Keith, 30, who won the award in 2009-10, led all defensemen with 55 assists and played a team-high 24:38 per game.
Weber, 28, led all defensemen with 23 goals and set a team record for points by a defender with 56. He was a runner-up for the award in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
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