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Lady Byng Trophy

NHL Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winners

Best sportsmanship in a player since 1925

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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.

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. 

 

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Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winners
  • 2017: Johnny Gaudreau , Calgary Flames
  • 2016: Anze Kopitar , Los Angeles Kings
  • 2015: Jiri Hudler , Calgary Flames
  • 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, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • 1996: Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • 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: Robert "Butch" Goring, Los Angeles Kings
  • 1977: Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
  • 1976: Jean Ratelle, Boston Bruins
  • 1975: Marcel Dionne, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1974: Johnny Bucyk, Boston Bruins
  • 1973: Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres
  • 1972: Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers
  • 1971: Johnny Bucyk, Boston Bruins
  • 1970: Phil Goyette, St. Louis Blues
  • 1969: Alex Delvecchio, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1968: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1967: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1966: Alex Delvecchio, Detroit Red Wings
  • 1965: Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1964: Kenny Wharram, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 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 Black Hawks
  • 1944: Clint Smith, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1943: Max Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 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: Elwin "Doc" Romnes, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 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
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