March 9, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Martin St. Louis Announced as a Finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award

In a stellar season already marked by winning the Art Ross Trophy for being the National Hockey League’s leading point scorer, the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, along with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals have been named as finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted on by members of the NHLPA.

This is the only award voted on by the players themselves, and carries out the tradition of the Lester B. Pearson Award. The award was renamed for Detroit Red Wings great Ted Lindsay officially announced on April 29, 2010. The award honors Lindsay for his not only his contributions to the game of hockey, but for his role in the establishment of the original Players’ Association.

St. Louis played in all 48 games in this shortened NHL season, during which time he netted 17 goals and 43 assists for a total of 60 points.

After the news of his nomination was announced earlier today, St. Louis had this to say:

 

 

Marty’s nomination for this award certainly comes as no surprise. In addition to winning the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading points scorer, he led the league in assists with 43, followed by Sidney Crosby with 41 and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals with 40.

One of the only things he did not lead in this year is penalty minutes, of which he served a grand total of 14 minutes in the “sin bin” putting him in 405th place in this category. I can say with a clear conscience, if there was ever a category you wanted a player like St. Louis to come in last in that would be the one.

This is the third consecutive year that a Lightning player has been nominated for this award. In the previous two seasons, it was Steven Stamkos that was nominated for this honor.

This is not the first time that St. Louis has been up for this award. He received the then Lester B. Pearson Award in the 2003-04 season, the same season the Lightning hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup.

We here at Bolts By The Bay congratulate Martin St. Louis on his nomination for the Ted Lindsay Award. We look forward to seeing who comes out on top.

 

Do you think St. Louis will come out on top? What was your favorite moment of Marty’s stellar season? Sound of in the comments below and let us know!

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