NEW YORK - Three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player, the league announced Friday.
Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils are the other nominees.
Datsyuk led the Red Wings in assists (65) and points (97) while recording just 22 penalty minutes in 81 games. He's vying to become the first man to win four straight Lady Byng awards since New York Rangers forward Frank Boucher did it from 1928-1931.
St. Louis finished with 80 points (30 goals, 50 assists) in 82 games and had just 14 minutes in penalties. The 33-year-old Laval, Que., native has earned runner-up honours the last two years.
Parise enjoyed a breakout season, finishing second in the league with 45 goals. The 24-year-old finished with 95 points, a plus-30 rating and just 24 penalty minutes.
The trophy will be handed out June 18 during the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.