Jaccob Slavin of Hurricanes wins Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct

RALEIGH, NC – Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday won the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability.

Slavin, who led the Hurricanes this season with 22:59 of ice time per game, was assessed one minor penalty in 52 games, for delay of game/puck over glass, and often played against the opposing top line. It was the fewest penalty minutes among NHL skaters who averaged at least 20 minutes per game (minimum 10 games).

Slavin scored 15 points (three goals, 12 assists), was plus-22 and averaged 2:43 of shorthanded ice time per game. He is the first defenseman to win the award since Brian Campbell with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12.

“It’s exciting, and hopefully some more defensemen start winning it in the future