On Monday, the NHL announced that New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson ’06, a former Cornell hockey player, was one of the finalists for this year’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The award is given each year “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” according to NHL.com.
Moulson was one of three players selected as finalists based on their strong offensive seasons as well as their minimal time in the penalty box. He is up against Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell and Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle. The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association votes on a winner, which is announced at the NHL Awards show on June 20.
Moulson only spent six minutes in the penlaty box this season. Eberle was the only other player in the leauge to spend less than 10 minutes in the box. Moulson is the first player since Paul Kariya to have single-digit penalty minutes while also scoring at least 30 goals.