Matt Moulson: New York Islanders Forward Named Finalist for Lady Byng Trophy

Christopher Benini@@TheRealCBeniniContributor IApril 28, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 03: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 3-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Matt Moulson was named one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

According to, the Lady Byng Trophy is awarded to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

The Islanders left winger was ecstatic about being honored for the award and let the world know about it on Twitter. Moulson tweeted, “Absolute honor to be nominated for an award so many great players have won #LadyByng thanks to all for the support.”

Moulson, who had a career year for the Isles, led the team in goals with 36 and had career highs in assists and points with 33 and 69, respectively.

Even more impressive, though, was the fact that he had just six penalty minutes the entire year. Oddly enough, while he served just six penalty minutes all year, four of them came on a double-minor in one game on a roughing call against the Calgary Flames.

Moulson hopes to add the Lady Byng to his two individual awards he won this season as well. Moulson was the recipient of the “Islanders Community Service Award” and “Islanders Good Guy Award” for his contributions off the ice.

The other finalists include the Edmonton Oilers’ Jordan Eberle and the Florida Panthers’ Brian Campbell. The winner of the award will be announced at the NHL Awards on June 20.