Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers became only the third defenseman in NHL history to win the Lady Byng Trophy on Wednesday night.
Campbell was the first defenseman to win the award, which is awarded to player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability, since 1954. Campbell had four goals and 49 assists this season while playing in all 82 games during his first season with the Panthers. Despite logging the minutes of a No. 1 defender, Campbell only had six penalty minutes -- the second season in a row he was under 10 penalty minutes for the season.