2015 Lady Byng finalists: Datsyuk, Kopitar and Hudler
The NHL announced the three finalists for the 2015 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on Tuesday: Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames.
To refresh your memory, the award is handed out to the player who “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Voting comes down to members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
If you gauage award chances by past victories, then Pavel Datsyuk stands as a heavy favorite. The Red Wings star won it four times in a row from the 2005-06 season through the 2008-09 campaign.
Hudler and Kopitar haven’t won a single Byng in their careers, on the other hand.
Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly took the 2014 award.
Here are some quick factoids about each finalist via the NHL: