SUNRISE, Fla. - The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov has been named the recipient of the 2018-19 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy awarded to the "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."
"The Florida Panthers organization is incredibly proud of Aleksander," said Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon. "It's a tremendous honor to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, and we're gratified that Aleksander's exemplary character, sportsmanship and high standard of playing ability has been recognized in this manner. As a first-year captain in the NHL, Aleksander had an outstanding season and we're excited to watch him continue to grow and improve as a player, leader and sportsman in the years to come."
Barkov, 23, received the award at the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Named a finalist for the third time over his last four seasons, this is the first time he has been awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Other finalists for this year's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy were Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames) and Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis Blues).
The native of Tampere, Finland, appeared in all 82 regular season games registering a Panthers single-season franchise record 96-point campaign, setting career-bests in goals (35), assists (61), points (96), power-play goals (13), power-play points (31) and faceoff win percentage (53.69). Florida's captain logged the second-most total time on ice among NHL forwards this season (1,833:01), accumulating only 8 PIM, while drawing 34 minor penalties, tied for the fifth-most in the league. His 100 takeaways on the season were the second-most in the NHL.
Barkov is only the second Finnish-born NHL player in history to receive the Lady Byng and the youngest European-born player to do so. He is preceded by Hockey Hall of Famer Jari Kurri (1984-85, 24 years old). He is only the second Panther in franchise history to receive the Lady Byng following Brian Campbell (2011-12).
He was originally selected by Florida in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
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