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Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin Named 2020-21 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 20, 2021

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin has won the 2020-21 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis, a three-time Lady Byng Trophy winner who served as Carolina's director of hockey operations when the 'Canes drafted Slavin in 2012, presented the award to the defenseman:

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Ron Francis presents the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy to this year's winner, Jaccob Slavin. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/qdzewZbIoq

Per NHL.com, the Lady Byng Trophy is given "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The Professional Hockey Writers Association chooses the winner.

Per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Slavin is the fourth-ever defenseman to win the award. The other finalists were Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

Hurricanes beat writer Sara Civian of The Athletic placed Slavin first on her Lady Byng ballot, calling the honor "well-deserved":

Sara Civ @SaraCivian

Jaccob Slavin won the Lady Byng. First defenseman to do so in like a million years idk I’m not at my computer. Well-deserved. I voted for him. My ballot: pic.twitter.com/hDKUZO9p7M

NHL reporter Frank Seravalli also reported these remarkable Slavin statistics:

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#Canes’ Jaccob Slavin is just the fourth defenseman, and the first since Brian Campbell in 2012, to win the Lady Byng Trophy.<br><br>Slavin earned 73 of 100 first place votes by taking just one minor penalty in 1195 minutes on-ice this season.

The entire voting result sheet can be found here, via ESPN's Greg Wyshynski:

Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

The Lady Byng voting. There were a lot of options! #NHL pic.twitter.com/Pn6NPYPFjZ

Slavin finished second on the team with a plus-22 mark. The Hurricanes allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the NHL and reached the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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