Reporting Tim Kephart
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SUNRISE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy which is given to the player judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Campbell ranked first in the league in time on ice per game during the regular season. He totaled just 6 penalties in minutes and finished the season tied for second among all defenseman with 53 points. Campbell was also one of only three Panthers to play in all 82 games this season.
“He had a fabulous year,” Florida coach Kevin Dineen told the team’s official website. “How great to be recognized as one of the elite in the League at whatever category it is. I don’t know if that’s the last announcement we’ll hear about Brian Campbell. He’s just been a real go-to guy for us. He plays the game with skill and character and a heck of a lot of heart. That adds up to someone who’s very worthy of the Lady Byng.”
The 12-year veteran has played in a total of 708 regular season games for four teams: the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose sharks, Chicago Blackhaws, and the Panthers.
Campbell and the Panthers are visiting New Jersey Tuesday night for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
If he wins, Campbell would become only the third defenseman to win the award, and the first since Red Kelly, following the 1953-54 season.
The winner of the award will be revealed during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.