Karlsson of Golden Knights wins Lady Byng for sportsmanship
William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights won the Lady Byng Trophy awarded for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old forward finished third in the NHL with 43 goals and led the League with a plus-49 rating in 82 games.
He took six minor penalties; his 12 penalty minutes were the fewest among the NHLs top 40 scorers.
Karlsson became the first player to win an end-of-season trophy for a team in its inaugural NHL season since Wayne Gretzky won the Hart and Lady Byng trophies for the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80.
Karlsson, who had 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) in 183 NHL games prior to this season, had 78 points to help the expansion Golden Knights to the Pacific Division title, the Stanley Cup Final, and records for wins (51) and points (109) by an NHL team in its inaugural season.
Five players have scored more goals playing for a team in its inaugural season, and seven have had more points.
Buffalo Sabres center Ryan OReilly, 27, and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, 23, were the other finalists.
OReilly took one minor penalty in 81 games.
Barkov had 14 penalty minutes in 79 games.