The Hurricanes possess yet every other fundamental NHL award winner in 2021.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin turned into as soon as named the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner Saturday all the contrivance through Game 4 of the Tampa Bay-Fresh York Islanders Stanley Cup playoff series.
The Lady Byng is offered every year to the NHL player who only combines sportsmanship and gentlemanly habits with a excessive frequent of enjoying capacity.
Slavin turned into as soon as a finalist with forward Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild in balloting by the Official Hockey Writers Affiliation. He turned the 2d Hurricanes player in franchise history to receive the Lady Byng, following historical Canes captain Ron Francis — later the crew’s overall manager — who won in 2001-02.
Slavin’s selection came two days after the Canes’ Rod Brind’Amour bought the Jack Adams Award as the league’s coach of the year. Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is also a finalist for the Calder Trophy given the NHL’s rookie of the year.
Slavin, 27, has been a fixture in the Canes’ high defensive pairing, with or with out Dougie Hamilton, the past three years, and serves as an alternate captain. He has represented the Canes on the All-Star Weekend, filling in for an injured Hamilton in 2020 in St. Louis and winning the accuracy shooting contest all the contrivance during the NHL All-Star Abilities Competitors.
Slavin’s kind of play is demanding and smartly-organized. He had gorgeous two penalty minutes — a lengthen-of-sport minor for a puck over the glass — in 52 video games performed. Slavin’s 0: 02 PIM per sport in 2020-21 turned into as soon as a profession low, and his 60 profession penalty minutes are the fewest penalty minutes of any defenseman enjoying not lower than 350 video games since 2015-16, his rookie season.
A historical fourth-round draft contend with nearby Carolina, Slavin averaged a crew-excessive 22: 59 in ice time in the 2020-21 season. A positionally sound and savvy D-man, he led the Canes with 87 blocked photos and turned into as soon as 2d with 24 takeaways.
A man of true faith, Slavin’s sportsmanship on the ice is unwavering. He does not utilize profanity. He does not trash-disclose opposing avid gamers and seldom complains to the sport officials.
Slavin and Spurgeon are the foremost two defensemen to be named finalists since Brian Campbell, then with the Florida Panthers, won in 2011-12. Campbell turned into as soon as the foremost defenseman to take the award since Detroit’s Pink Kelly in 1954.
Brind’Amour has known as Slavin “as treasured as any defenseman in the league.” When Slavin overlooked a few video games on this year’s playoffs with a lower-body area, Brind’Amour turned into as soon as fleet to show conceal his absence turned into as soon as a “large deal.”
Slavin turned into as soon as awarded the 2020 Rod Langway Award by the PHWA for the defenseman who “only excels in the defensive facet of the sport,” beating out Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay and Roman Josi of Nashville. Langway twice won the Norris Trophy, a Stanley Cup with Montreal and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Popularity.
The Lady Byng has been awarded since 1925. Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators won it the foremost two years. More not too lengthy ago, historical Detroit smartly-known particular person Pavel Datsyuk won four straight years (2006-2009), and historical Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis won three out of 4 seasons.