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Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor among NHL Lady Byng Trophy finalists

Winnipeg Jets winger Kyle Connor is one of three finalists for the National Hockey League’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The award is given annually to the player with the best combination of sportsmanship, courteous conduct and ability.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon are the other two finalists.

Leading the Jets with 93 points, Connor set career highs in goals (47) and assists (46). He did it while recording just four penalty minutes in 79 games – the fewest among the NHL’s top 100 scorers.

Slavin, Lady Byng’s defending winner, averaged more than 23 minutes per game for a Carolina defense that allowed 202 league goals. He only received five minor penalties.

Spurgeon, Lady Byng’s runner-up last season, led Wild defensemen in goals (10), assists (30) and points (40). He’s only had five minor penalties — the seventh time in 12 NHL seasons he’s had 10 penalty minutes or less.

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The 2022 NHL award winners will be revealed at the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final.

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