Typically disparaged by many players and fans, the award goes to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." It's really too bad that this is looked down upon so much. Pavel Datsyuk is the three-time defending winner in this category.
Dustin Brown would have made a nice candidate, considering how he led the league in Penalty Plus/Minus. Opponents hooked, tripped, and slashed him like crazy, but he didn't retaliate in kind.
But the nominees are...
#13 / Center / Detroit Red Wings
Jul 20, 1978
|2008 - Pavel Datsyuk||81||32||65||97||34||22||11||1||3||0||248||12.9|
#9 / Left Wing / New Jersey Devils
Jul 28, 1984
|2008 - Zach Parise||82||45||49||94||30||24||14||0||8||3||364||12.4|
Martin St. Louis
#26 / Right Wing / Tampa Bay Lightning
Jun 18, 1975
|2008 - Martin St. Louis||82||30||50||80||4||14||7||2||3||1||262||11.5|