[tps_header]Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship): Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche[/tps_header]
Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly had one of the most unbelievable stats in the entire NHL in the 2013-14 season: he didn’t get sent to the penalty box until his 72nd game of the year. Just how impressive is that accomplishment? He became the first player since Butch Goring in 1980-81 to go 70 games into a season without taking a penalty. That is indicative of the hardworking nature of O’Reilly, who managed to be one of Colorado’s most valuable players while staying inside the rules. That philosophy stands in stark contrast to the one held by coach Patrick Roy, whose fiery personality is legendary among hockey fans.
O’Reilly led the team in both goals (28) and power-play points (22), while finishing with 64 points, the third-highest total among Avalanche players. Considering his clean play and overall productivity, O’Reilly is a no-brainer for this award.