LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators poses after winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
It's been a heck of a year for Erik Karlsson. He set a franchise record for scoring by a defenceman, leading the league in that category by 25 points, led the surprising Ottawa Senators into the playoffs, signed a seven-year contract worth $45.5M, and capped it all off by taking home the 2012 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best blueliner.
Plus he's apparently getting married in a couple of weeks. Our special little guy (™ WTYKY) is all grown up...
The 22-year-old is the youngest defenceman to win the award since legendary Senators colour commentator Denis Potvin won it back in 1976. He's also the third Senator to win a major award based on voting, preceded by Daniel Alfredsson (Calder Memorial Trophy, 1996) and Jacques Martin (Jack Adams Award, 1999). (Wade Redden's 2006 win of the Bud Light Plus-Minus Award doesn't count, in my opinion.)
According to Graeme Nichols of The 6th Sens, Karlsson received 66 first-, 31 second-, 32 third-, nine fourth-, and five fifth-place votes.
Neither of the Sens' other two nominees, Alfredsson (Masterton Trophy) and Paul MacLean (Jack Adams Award), won the awards for which they were nominated.
UPDATE: ... but Alfredsson did win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the NHLer who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community."