P.K. Subban has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League’s top defenceman.

The Canadiens’ star defenceman, who turned 24 last month, beat out Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, the two other finalists for the award.

In his third season in the NHL, Subban tied with Letang for the league lead in points by a defenceman with 38. His seven power-play goals were second only to teammate Andrei Markov, who had a league-leading eight among defencemen. Subban finished the regular season with a plus/minus differential of plus 12.

“This really is a team award,” Subban said on the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada when he was announced as the winner prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

Subban thanked the Canadiens’ organization, fans and his teammates, as well as former coaches from the Habs’ farm club, the Hamilton Bulldogs, and from his earlier days playing hockey.

“It’s a great day for me. And I’m just happy to represent the organization.”

He concluded with a few words in French, telling fans in Montreal he was excited for next year.

In a media conference call afterward, Subban said he didn’t think he would have achieved such a personal accomplishment at this point but by the same token “it’s all the more reason for me to continue to get better and to continue to be a leader and develop both as a player and as a person.”

“I just feel very privileged and honoured to have won it. And a lot of this credit needs to go to my teammates,” he said.

“These types of awards you have to give a lot of credit to your teammates because at the end of the day those are the guys that are helping you and playing with you on the ice.