ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The National Hockey League announced Sunday evening that the Blues’ Forward Vladimir Tarasenko is one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The trophy is presented each year to the National Hockey League player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Blues head coach Mike Yeo was asked Monday, about the honor for his star forward:
“He’s gone up and congratulated guys on their first game in the NHL. Or he’s tapped a guy that he’s knocked down or something like that. He’s shown that he is an intense competitor, he’s extremely driven and he’s willing to fight and battle for his space and what for what he needs to do, but he’s also very respectful in how he does it.”
Tarasenko finished the regular season tied for fourth overall in goals with 39 and was No. 10 in points with 75. He played in all 82 regular season games and had just 12 minutes in penalties all season.
This is the first NHL award that Tarasenko has been named a finalist for.
The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames are the other finalists.