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He is the first player in the Nashville Predators' history (and the first Swiss player) to receive this award.

Roman Josi takes home the Norris
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The Norris Trophy is awarded to the "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position." Josi comes off his most productive season, recording a career high in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65).

"It's pretty special," Josi told reporters in his media availabilty. "I was looking at some of the names who have won it, and those are all names you've idolized. When I was younger, Scott Niedermayer was a guy I looked up to. I really loved his game. Chris Pronger, Chris Chelios, so many guys. Obviously, Bobby Orr, it was long ago, but to be next to those guys is pretty cool. Growing up in Switzerland they always seemed to be so far away it's unbelievable my name is on there beside so many greats who have won it before"

Josi was not only awarded the Norris Trophy, he was also named to the First All-Star Team. He is in the company of Connor Hellebuyck, John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl (who won the Hart Trophy), David Pastrnak, and Artemi Panarin.

( 22 September 2020 | mso )

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