Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers became the first defenseman in 58 years to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy that honors sportsmanship and “gentlemanly conduct” at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
Florida’s Dale Tallon lost out to St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong for General Manager of the Year.
Campbell, who came to the Panthers in a draft-day trade last June, is only the third defenseman (Bill Quackenbush, Red Kelly) ever to win the award.
This season, Campbell led the league in ice time and committed just three penalties. Campbell was also Florida’s lone representative at the All-Star Game. Campbell spent most of his acceptance speech thanking members of the Panthers organization including Tallon, owner Cliff Viner and coach Kevin Dineen.
Campbell received 31 first-place votes and was named on 89 of the 147 ballots that were cast by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Campbell’s 582 points edged out Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle (518) and Matt Moulson (517) of the Islanders. Martin St. Louis, who won the award the past two seasons, finished fifth in the voting.
Campbell becomes the Panthers’ first-ever voted-on award winner. Pavel Bure twice won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award, which automatically goes to the top goal scorer.
Elsewhere, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. Malkin also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award from as the NHL’s best player.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy. Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson won the Norris Trophy as the top defenseman, and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Trophy as the top coach.
Miami Herald wire services were used to supplement this report.