How Ryan O’Reilly won the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 23: Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche attends the Nominee Media Availability prior to the 2014 NHL Awards on June 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL Awards will take place at the Encore Theater on June 24, 2014. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche won the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy, which is given annually to the guy with the fewest penalty minutes …er, we mean, "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. 

O’Reilly’s margin of victory here was rather ridiculous: He had 1,181 points to 358 from Marty St. Louis of the New York Rangers, who was second. In third was Patrick Marleau with 323.

From the NHL:

O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the resurgent Avalanche captured the Central Division title and tied a franchise record with 52 victories. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.

Here’s the voting from the writers:

Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
1. Ryan O'Reilly, COL 1181 (110-5-8-1-3)
2. Martin St. Louis, NYR 358 (4-20-27-11-10)
3. Patrick Marleau, SJ 323 (3-15-23-21-10)
4. Tyler Seguin, DAL 289 (2-23-15-7-12)
5. Frans Nielsen, NYI 182 (1-15-6-9-10)
6. Marcus Johansson, WSH 128 (1-7-7-9-7)
7. Teemu Selanne, ANA 115 (5-4-4-4-5)
8. Matt Duchene, COL 104 (1-3-8-9-6)
9. Daniel Alfredsson, DET 97 (1-5-6-6-4)
10. Anze Kopitar, LA 61 (2-4-1-2-2)
11. David Krejci, BOS 57 (0-4-2-5-4)
12. Jason Pominville, MIN 51 (0-2-3-4-10)
13. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 42 (0-4-2-1-1)
14. Patrick Kane, CHI 39 (0-1-2-6-4)
15. Jordan Eberle, EDM 34 (0-3-1-2-2)
16. Ben Smith, CHI 33 (0-2-3-1-1)
17. Jaromir Jagr, NJ 30 (2-0-2-0-0)
18. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 29 (0-3-0-2-2)
19. Duncan Keith, CHI 25 (0-3-0-1-1)
20. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ 23 (1-1-1-0-1)

Our ballot is here.

No idea how a guy who bolted from his team in-season gets nominated for a sportsmanship award. At least O’Reilly was a restricted free agent when he tried to leave for Calgary …


Somewhere, a Sedin weeps.