The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell is the recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The award was presented by Colin Hanks at the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
Islanders forward Matt Moulson was one of three finalists for the award, along with Campbell and Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers.
Moulson, 28, recorded career highs in goals (36), assists (33) and points (69) this past season, while recording only six penalty minutes. He led the Islanders in goals for the third consecutive season and surpassed the 30-goal mark for the third-straight year, while maintaining his Iron Man games-played streak, appearing in all 82 regular season games for the third year in-a-row.
Moulson has already received a pair of Islanders awards this season. He was honored with both the Islanders Community Service Award and the Islanders Good Guy Award. The Islanders Community Service Award is presented annually to the player who makes the strongest impact on the Long Island community throughout the year. The recipient is selected by the Islanders organization and serves as the team’s nomination for the NHL Foundation Player Award. The Islanders Good Guy Award is presented annually to the player who best displays professionalism, courtesy and cooperation with the media.
In 275 career NHL games with the Islanders and the Los Angeles Kings, Moulson has scored 180 points (103 goals, 77 assists). Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round, 263rd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Moulson signed with the Islanders as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season.