Jaccob Slavin left Colorado Faculty six years in the past to pursue a profession within the Nationwide Hockey League. As we speak, he’s thought of one in all its most revered gamers.
Slavin, a defenseman now in his sixth season with the Carolina Hurricanes, was lately named one in all three finalists for the distinguished Girl Byng Memorial Trophy. The opposite finalists are Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon.
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The Girl Byng is awarded yearly to the “participant judged to have exhibited one of the best sort of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct mixed with a excessive normal of enjoying means.”
Amongst those that’ve gained the award going again to its inaugural season of 1924-25 are Wayne Gretzky (5 instances), Mike Bossy (3) and Joe Sakic (1).
Slavin performed two seasons for CC from 2013-15. Whereas new CC coach Kris Mayotte by no means labored with Slavin, he mentioned he’s effectively conscious of the worth Slavin brings to the sport.
“We’re joyful that Jaccob had such a terrific yr,” Mayotte mentioned. “He’s definitely deserving of the Girl Byng award and the popularity he’s receiving. Jaccob has at all times been a terrific function mannequin for the kind of student-athlete we hope to deliver to Colorado Faculty.”
Jerry Cross, CC’s director of athletics communications whose first yr on the faculty was Slavin’s final, added, “I’m in no way stunned by this. Jaccob was effectively revered when he was right here. If Jaccob can be part of a gaggle that Wayne Gretzky is on, that claims one thing about his character and rubs off on Colorado Faculty.”
Slavin had a near-flawless season for the Hurricanes. He led the roster in common ice time at almost 23 minutes per sport and had just one minor penalty – a delay-of-game infraction for capturing the puck over the glass. He’s a four-time all-star (there was no sport this season) and completed fourth in Girl Byng voting in 2019-20.
He was additionally fifth that season in voting for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the “protection participant who demonstrates all through the season the best all-round means within the place.”
The one different CC participant to win a serious award was Invoice “Crimson” Hay, who gained the Calder trophy in 1960.