Canucks: Elias Pettersson recognized with Lady Byng trophy nomination

Elias Pettersson is the first Canuck to ever be nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy

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A fourth Canuck is up for an NHL award.

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A day after his hard work along the boards helped set up the series-clinching goal for the Vancouver Canucks against the Nashville Predators Friday, Elias Pettersson is one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, the NHL announced Saturday.

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The Lady Byng is awarded to “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Pettersson has been nominated alongside Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin and Toronto’s Auston Matthews.

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Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks poses for his portrait prior to the 2024 Honda NHL All-Star Game on February 03, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario. Photo by Cole Burston /Getty Images

This is the first time that a Canuck has been nominated for the Lady Byng. Pettersson was penalized just six times all season, while being the Canucks’ third-leading scorer and one of their top penalty killers.

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Pettersson scored 10 game-winning goals for the Canucks, fourth-best in the NHL; don’t forget the four-game stretch in January where he scored the winning goal in each game, a historic run that saw him one game short of tying the NHL’s century-old record for most consecutive games with the game-winning goal.


Among the NHL’s top 80 scorers, only Nashville’s Gustav Nyquist took fewer penalties than Pettersson.

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Matthews has been nominated twice before, in 2020 and 2021, while Slavin won the award in 2021 and was a finalist in 2022.

Slavin is considered one of the NHL’s smartest defensemen, who smartly uses his positioning and his stick to defend while rarely taking a penalty. Matthews led the league in goals this year — 69, the most by any player in a season since 1995-96 — while taking just 20 minutes in penalties, the lowest amount among the NHL’s top 15 scorers.

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