Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has been named as a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Marleau finished the Sharks’ regular season with 33 goals, second on the team and tied for 11th in the NHL. He played in all 82 games and received just 18 penalty minutes, despite playing an average of more than 20 minutes a night. It is the second time the 34-year-old Marleau has been nominated for the award, as he finished third in 2006 behind Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards.
The Sharks' all-time leading scorer, Marleau is the only player ever chosen as a finalist for the award in franchise history.
Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly, who had just two penalty minutes in 80 games while scoring 64 points, and the Rangers’ Martin St. Louis, a three-time winner of the award including last season, were the other finalists.
The winner will be announced on June 24 at the annual NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.