Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly has been named one of the three finalist for the NHL Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”.
The other two finalists are San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, the reigning Lady Byng winner who has also won the award three of the past four seasons.
O’Reilly finished the year with 64 points and a team leading 28goals. He was only called for one minor penalty all season, a two minute minor for playing the puck with a broken stick. He became just the second NHL player in history to play 80 games and record two or less penalty minutes.
The award will be handed out at the annual NHL Awards Ceremony, which takes place after the Stanley Cup Final.
We here at Mile High Sticking would like to congratulate O’Reilly on his nomination.
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