The National Hockey League announced this morning that Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, along with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders, has been nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded yearly “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
This is not the first time that St. Louis has been nominated for this award. He won the award in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
With his 17 goals and 43 assists, the right winger led the National Hockey League this season in points with 60, winning the Art Ross Trophy. In that same period of time St. Louis only took a total of 7 trips to the penalty box. In the first two months of play, St. Louis would only be called to the sin bin one time. This would be followed by 3 visits in March, and another 3 in April.
Should St. Louis win this Award this year, he will become the third player in NHL history to win the Lady Bing and Art Ross Trophies in the same season. His predecessors include Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks (1967-68), and the Great One, Wayne Gretzky (1994).
He would also become the ninth player in NHL history to have won the award at the least times. He would join Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers who won the award seven times, Wayne Gretzky (five), Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings (four), Red Kelly (four), Bobby Bauer of the Boston Bruins (three), Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders (three), Alex Delvecchio of the Red Wings (three), and Ron Francis (three).
We here at Bolts By The Bay wish Martin St. Louis the best of luck at the NHL Awards this year. He may be #26 on the ice, but he’ll always be #1 in the hearts of many in the Bolts Nation around Tampa Bay.
Who do you think is most deserving of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy this season? Do you think St. Louis is the odds on favorite? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.