Although many of the National Hockey League’s major awards won’t be handed out until tomorrow night, the league kicked off Awards Weekend in style today. One of the awards to be handed out today was the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, and the winner is…Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis.
This is the third time in four years that St. Louis has been awarded this honor. He was previously award the honor in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Earlier today, Marty spoke with the NHL Network regarding his winning the Lady Byng today.
It’s an honor for me to win this award.” St. Louis said. “You progress in your career, you pick up a few hardwares, it’s always nice. I think you’ll appreciate it a lot more when you’re done, and they can put those trophies next to your name.”
My favorite part of the interview is when he speaks on he can use this to relate a message to his kids.
The first time I won, and seeing all the guys that are on it, it was awesome. To be on it three times, it’s great. Especially now that I have three boys of my own, I have a little bit of credibility when I ask them for a little bit of sportsmanship amongst each other.”
You can see the entire interview here. Video courtesy of NHL.com.
This season, St. Louis scored 17 goals and 43 assists for a league leading 60 points. St. Louis managed to accomplish all that, and spend only 14 minutes in the penalty box.
Marty has long since been regarded as the heart and soul of the Lightning. If there was ever a Lightning player who gave it his all, no matter what the circumstance, it would be St. Louis. When people said that he wouldn’t amount to much because of his size, St. Louis proved them all wrong.
Tomorrow night, starting at 7:00 p.m. EST the NBC Sports Network and CBC will co-host a live pregame television special where the winners of the Hart Memorial, Calder Memorial, James Norris Memorial, and Vezina Trophies, as well as the Ted Lindsay Award will be revealed.
The special can be seen on NBC Sports in the United States and on CBC in Canada prior to Game 2 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
We here at Bolts By The Bay would like to congratulate Martin St. Louis on winning his third Lady Byng Award. You have always been the heart and soul of the Lightning, and one of the main reasons my love of the game is as strong as it is.
What do you think of our #26 winning his third Lady Byng Award? What do you think it is about Marty that makes him stand out among the rest of the league? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.