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Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy has been awarded 88 times to 53 different players since it was first awarded in 1925. The original trophy was donated to the league by Lady Byng of Vimy, then–viceregal consort of Canada. The current holder is Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.

Lady Byng, left with husband Lord Byng, first recognized sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct in hockey in 1925.

Who Has Won the Most Lady Byng Trophies?

Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers has won the most with seven. He won them in a span of eight seasons between 1927-35. Wayne Gretzky has the second most with five, but he won it with a record three different teams. Boucher and Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk are tied for the most consecutive wins with four. Boucher won four straight from 1927-31, while Datsyuk won four in a row from 2005-09.

How is the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Determined?

Voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Which Team Has the Most Lady Byng Winners?

The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are tied for the most wins with 14 each. The Rangers are highlighted by Frank Boucher’s seven. Boucher is the only Rangers winner to win it more than once. Detroit had four wins from Pavel Datsyuk, while Red Kelly and Alex Delvecchio both won the award three times with the Red Wings. Kelly also won a fourth with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Interesting Facts About the Lady Byng

  • After Frank Boucher won the award seven times in the first 11 years of its existence, Lady Byng was so impressed she gave him the original trophy to keep. She donated a second trophy for 1935-36. The original trophy was destroyed in a fire in Boucher’s home in 1962.
  • Five players have won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in the same season. However, Stan Mikita is the only player to do it twice – accomplishing the feat in back-to-back seasons (1966-67 and 1967-68).
  • Bill Quackenbush, Red Kelly, Brian Campbell and Jaccob Slavin are the only defensemen to win the award. No goaltender has ever won the award.
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times. (Icon SMI)

Deeper Dive

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winners

SeasonWinnerTeamWin #
1924-25Frank NighborOttawa Senators1
1925-26Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators2
1926-27Billy BurchNew York Americans1
1927-28Frank BoucherNew York Rangers1
1928-29Frank Boucher New York Rangers 2
1929-30Frank Boucher New York Rangers 3
1930-31Frank Boucher New York Rangers 4
1931-32Joe PrimeauToronto Maple Leafs1
1932-33Frank Boucher New York Rangers5
1933-34Frank Boucher New York Rangers 6
1934-35Frank Boucher New York Rangers 7
1935-36Elwin “Doc” RomnesChicago Black Hawks1
1936-37Marty BarryDetroit Red Wings1
1937-38Gordie DrillonToronto Maple Leafs1
1938-39Clint SmithNew York Rangers1
1939-40Bobby BauerBoston Bruins1
1940-41Bobby BauerBoston Bruins2
1941-42Syl AppsToronto Maple Leafs1
1942-43Max BentleyChicago Black Hawks1
1943-44Clint SmithChicago Black Hawks 2
1944-45Bill MosienkoChicago Black Hawks 1
1945-46Toe BlakeMontreal Canadiens1
1946-47Bobby BauerBoston Bruins3
1947-48Buddy O’ConnorNew York Rangers1
1948-49Bill QuackenbushDetroit Red Wings1
1949-50Edgar LapradeNew York Rangers1
1950-51Red KellyDetroit Red Wings1
1951-52Sid SmithToronto Maple Leafs1
1952-53Red KellyDetroit Red Wings2
1953-54Red KellyDetroit Red Wings3
1954-55Sid SmithToronto Maple Leafs2
1955-56Earl ReibelDetroit Red Wings1
1956-57Andy HebentonNew York Rangers1
1957-58Camille HenryNew York Rangers1
1958-59Alex DelvecchioDetroit Red Wings1
1959-60Don McKenneyBoston Bruins1
1960-61Red KellyToronto Maple Leafs4
1961-62Dave KeonToronto Maple Leafs1
1962-63Dave KeonToronto Maple Leafs2
1963-64Kenny WharramChicago Black Hawks1
1964-65Bobby HullChicago Black Hawks1
1965-66Alex DelvecchioDetroit Red Wings2
1966-67Stan MikitaChicago Black Hawks1
1967-68Stan MikitaChicago Black Hawks2
1968-69Alex DelvecchioDetroit Red Wings3
1969-70Phil GoyetteSt. Louis Blues1
1970-71Johnny BucykBoston Bruins1
1971-72Jean RatelleNew York Rangers1
1972-73Gilbert PerreaultBuffalo Sabres1
1973-74Johnny BucykBoston Bruins2
1974-75Marcel DionneDetroit Red Wings1
1975-76Jean RatelleBoston Bruins2
1976-77Marcel DionneLos Angeles Kings2
1977-78Robert “Butch” GoringLos Angeles Kings1
1978-79Bob MacMillanAtlanta Flames1
1979-80Wayne GretzkyEdmonton Oilers1
1980-81Rick KehoePittsburgh Penguins1
1981-82Rick MiddletonBoston Bruins1
1982-83Mike BossyNew York Islanders1
1983-84Mike BossyNew York Islanders2
1984-85Jari KurriEdmonton Oilers1
1985-86Mike BossyNew York Islanders3
1986-87Joe MullenCalgary Flames1
1987-88Mats NaslundMontreal Canadiens1
1988-89Joe MullenCalgary Flames2
1989-90Brett HullSt. Louis Blues1
1990-91Wayne GretzkyLos Angeles Kings2
1991-92Wayne GretzkyLos Angeles Kings3
1992-93Pierre TurgeonNew York Islanders1
1993-94Wayne GretzkyLos Angeles Kings4
1994-95Ron FrancisPittsburgh Penguins1
1995-96Paul KariyaMighty Ducks of Anaheim1
1996-97Paul KariyaMighty Ducks of Anaheim2
1997-98Ron FrancisPittsburgh Penguins2
1998-99Wayne GretzkyNew York Rangers5
1999-2000Pavol DemitraSt. Louis Blues1
2000-01Joe SakicColorado Avalanche1
2001-02Ron FrancisCarolina Hurricanes3
2002-03Alexander MogilnyToronto Maple Leafs1
2003-04Brad RichardsTampa Bay Lightning1
2004-05No winnerLockout
2005-06Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings1
2006-07Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings2
2007-08Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings3
2008-09Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings4
2009-10Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning1
2010-11Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning2
2011-12Brian CampbellFlorida Panthers1
2012-13Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning3
2013-14Ryan O’ReillyColorado Avalanche1
2014-15Jiri HudlerCalgary Flames1
2015-16Anze KopitarLos Angeles Kings1
2016-17Johnny GaudreauCalgary Flames1
2017-18William KarlssonVegas Golden Knights1
2018-19Aleksander BarkovFlorida Panthers1
2019-20Nathan MacKinnonColorado Avalanche1
2020-21Jaccob SlavinCarolina Hurricanes1
2021-22Kyle ConnorWinnipeg Jets1
2022-23Anze KopitarLos Angeles Kings2