Through all the hacks, whacks and cross checks, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau bagged his first NHL award, beating out Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild’s Mikael Granlund for the 2016-17 Lady Byng.
Gaudreau scored 18 goals and tallied a team-best 61 points in 72 games last season while registering just four penalty minutes (tied for the fewest among skaters with 41 games), earning the distinction as the player that best combines “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct” with a “high standard of playing ability.”
It’s the second time in three seasons a player from the Flames has won the award. Gaudreau’s former linemate, Jiri Hudler, won it in 2015.
Gaudreau took 54 first-place votes to win a tight race with Tarasenko.
Here’s how the voting played out: