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Kopitar Earns Second Lady Byng Trophy Nomination

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Albeit not the Stanley Cup, Anze Kopitar might have a couple of new trophies in his hands come the final week of June.

READ: Kopitar A Finalst For Selke Trophy

On Saturday, the Kings’ forward was named one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and Boston’s Louis Eriksson were the other two finalists named.

Kopitar finished third in Lady Byng voting last season when the award went to Calgary’s Jiri Hudler.

The only other Kings player to have won the award was Wayne Gretzky in 1994.


“In 81 games this season, Kopitar led the Kings with 74 points and was second in the League with a plus-34 rating (teammate Tyler Toffoli was plus-35). He had 16 penalty minutes averaging 20:52 of ice time per game.  

Kopitar finished third in Lady Byng voting last season. The last Kings player to win the Lady Byng was Wayne Gretzky in 1994.”


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