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Colorado’s Cale Makar wins 2021-22 Norris Trophy for Best Overall Defender; Roman Josi Finishes Second

The race for the Norris was a two-man race for most of the season, but the Avalanche’s Cale Makar came out on top for his first Norris win.

Colorado Avalanche vs Nasville Predators Game Four First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Nashville Predators’ defender Roman Josi was denied in his quest to win his second career James Norris Trophy as the Colorado Avalanche’s Cale Makar/the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman took home the trophy. The Professional Hockey Writers Association awards the trophy each year to “to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

Roman Josi is also a finalist for this season’s Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted on by the NHL Player’s Association.

Josi finished 2nd in highly contested race for the award this season, but was unable to garner enough votes to send the Norris Trophy back to Nashville for a second time despite receiving more 1st place votes.

Roman Josi was unable to become second player in franchise history to win two major NHL awards, alongside Pekka Rinne’s Vezina Trophy win in 2017-18 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2020-21. Josi also would have been the first Predator to be a repeat winner of a single award.