Sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct with a high standard of play is the National Hockey League’s description of the Lady Byng Trophy.

Which, to Mark Giordano, is exactly what Jiri Hudler represented for the Calgary Flames during the 2014-15 NHL season.

“He doesn’t put our team at a disadvantage, ever,” explained the captain of his teammate who’ll also be representing the Flames at Wednesday’s NHL awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “He doesn’t take a lot of penalties. He’s a force for us offensively, obviously, and makes plays for us. The one thing that award represents is discipline and someone who plays the game hard but the right way and doesn’t take many penalties.

“I’m hoping he wins it and I think he has a good chance.”

Truth be told, Hudler, who just wrapped up his third season with the Flames since joining the group before the 2012-13 lock-out year, is up against some stiff competition.

His former Detroit Red Wings teammate Pavel Datsyuk and Los Angeles Kings centreman Anze Kopitar are also nominated for the award. Kopitar, who led the Kings in scoring with 16 goals and 48 assists in 79 games, had 10 penalty minutes while Datsyuk, a four-time Lady Byng award winner, had 65 points in 63 games and eight penalty minutes.

But Giordano believes Hudler deserves to be mentioned in that elite class — along with Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche, who won it last year, and Martin St. Louis who won it in 2013, 2011, and 2010.