NEW YORK (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes defenseman & Colorado College alum Jaccob Slavin won the Lady Byng Memorial trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct Saturday, becoming the fourth blue-liner to win the award.
The 27-year-old from Denver received 73 of 100 first-place votes submitted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon was second, followed by Toronto forward Auston Matthews.
Slavin had three goals and 15 points while averaging a team-high 22:59 minutes over 52 games this season. He was assessed just one penalty for delay of game (puck over the glass), while facing opposing teams’ top lines.
Florida’s Brian Campbell in 2012 was the last defenseman to earn the honor, which was first presented following the 1924-25 season.
Red Kelly was a three-time winner, including once as a forward. Bill Quackenbush, in 1949 with Detroit, is the other defensemen to have won
Slavin played at Colorado College for two seasons from 2013 to 2015. He won the NCHC Rookie of the Year award in 2014 after tallying 5 goals and 20 assists in 32 games as a freshman