Giordano claims Norris Trophy as NHL's top defenseman
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Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames won his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Giordano, who was second in the league among defensemen with a career-high 74 points, beat out Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks for the award.

The Flames veteran became the fourth blue-liner in NHL history to win the award after turning 35, joining Doug Harvey, Al MacInnis, and most recently, Nicklas Lidstrom in 2005-06.

Giordano set career highs in goals (17) and assists (57), and led the league at plus-39 while also logging over 24 minutes per night for the Flames.

Giordano won by a significant margin, collecting 165 first-place votes.

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