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Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award 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 winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season; each individual voter ranks his top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Lady Byng, wife of Canada's Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy in 1925. She decided the trophy's first winner would be Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators. Late in the season, Lady Byng invited Nighbor to Rideau Hall, showed him the trophy, and asked him if the NHL would accept it as an award for its most gentlemanly player. When Nighbor said he thought it would, Lady Byng, much to Nighbor's surprise, awarded him the trophy.

2014 WiNNER
Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O'Reilly
Center - COL
GOALS: 28 | ASST: 36 | PTS: 64
SOG: 201 | +/-: -1
After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936.

After Lady Byng's death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Besides Boucher, a number of players have won the award multiple times -- including Wayne Gretzky, who won it five times, Red Kelly (four), and Bobby Bauer, Alex Delvecchio, Mike Bossy, Ron Francis, Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis (three). Because of Boucher's seven wins, the New York Rangers have won the award the most out of any club -- 15 times, followed by Detroit with 13, Toronto with nine, Chicago and Boston tied with eight, and Los Angeles with five.

No goaltender has won the award; Bill Quackenbush, Red Kelly and Brian Campbell are the only defensemen to do so.

PAST RECIPIENTS
Year Player Team
2014 RYAN O'REILLY COLORADO AVALANCHE
2013 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
2012 brian campbell florida panthers
2011 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
2010 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
2008  Pavel Datsyuk  Detroit Red Wings
2007 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
2006 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
2004 Brad Richards Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 Alexander Mogilny Toronto Maple Leafs
2002 Ron Francis Carolina Hurricanes
2001 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche
2000 Pavol Demitra St. Louis Blues
1999 Wayne Gretzky New York Rangers
1998 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins
1997 Paul Kariya Anaheim Mighty Ducks
1996 Paul Kariya Anaheim Mighty Ducks
1995 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins
1994 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1993 Pierre Turgeon New York Islanders
1992 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1991 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1990 Brett Hull St. Louis Blues
1989 Joe Mullen Calgary Flames
1988 Mats Naslund Montreal Canadiens
1987 Joe Mullen Calgary Flames
1986 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
1985 Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers
1984 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
1983 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
1982 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins
1981 Rick Kehoe Pittsburgh Penguins
1980 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1979 Bob MacMillan Atlanta Flames
1978 Butch Goring Los Angeles Kings
1977 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings
1976 Jean Ratelle NY Rangers/Bruins
1975 Marcel Dionne Detroit Red Wings
1974 John Bucyk Boston Bruins
1973 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres
1972 Jean Ratelle New York Rangers
1971 John Bucyk Boston Bruins
1970 Phil Goyette St. Louis Blues
1969 Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings
1968 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1967 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
1966 Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings
1965 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
1964 Ken Wharram Chicago Blackhawks
1963 Dave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs
1962 Dave Keon Toronto Maple Leafs
1961 Red Kelly Toronto Maple Leafs
1960 Don McKenney Boston Bruins
1959 Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings
1958 Camille Henry New York Rangers
1957 Andy Hebenton New York Rangers
1956 Earl Reibel Detroit Red Wings
1955 Sid Smith Toronto Maple Leafs
1954 Red Kelly Detroit Red Wings
1953 Red Kelly Detroit Red Wings
1952 Sid Smith Toronto Maple Leafs
1951 Red Kelly Detroit Red Wings
1950 Edgar Laprade New York Rangers
1949 Bill Quackenbush Detroit Red Wings
1948 Buddy O'Connor New York Rangers
1947 Bobby Bauer Boston Bruins
1946 Toe Blake Montreal Canadiens
1945 Bill Mosienko Chicago Blackhawks
1944 Clint Smith Chicago Blackhawks
1943 Max Bentley Chicago Blackhawks
1942 Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs
1941 Bobby Bauer Boston Bruins
1940 Bobby Bauer Boston Bruins
1939 Clint Smith New York Rangers
1938 Gordie Drillon Toronto Maple Leafs
1937 Marty Barry Detroit Red Wings
1936 Doc Romnes Chicago Blackhawks
1935 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1934 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1933 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1932 Joe Primeau Toronto Maple Leafs
1931 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1930 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1929 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1928 Frank Boucher New York Rangers
1927 Billy Burch New York Americans
1926 Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators
1925 Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators