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Jets’ Kyle Connor wins Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct

Jets’ Kyle Connor wins Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct

WINNIPEG, MB - MAY 1: Kyle Connor #81 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his third period goal against the Seattle Kraken with teammates at the bench at the Canada Life Centre on May 1, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK — Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor has won the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the NHL’s most gentlemanly player.

The league announced the honor Monday night before Game 4 of the Western Conference final between Colorado and Edmonton.

Connor tied for the second-fewest number of minor penalties during the regular season. He was penalized just twice in over 1,700 minutes of ice time that included regular short-handed shifts and matchups against top offensive opponents.

It’s his first time winning the Lady Byng. Last year’s winner, Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin, was second in voting by the Professional Hockey Writer Association. Minnesota captain Jared Spurgeon was third.