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Lightning's Martin St. Louis Brings Home Lady Byng Trophy

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards show at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Lady Byng Trophy is given annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. It is the Lightning winger’s first time taking home the award and his fifth nomination.

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St. Louis was one of three Lightning players to appear in all 82 games last season.  He currently holds the NHL’s fourth-longest active consecutive games played streak, skating in 390 consecutive contests.  Last season he ranked fifth in the NHL with 94 points, matching the second-highest total of his career.  St. Louis was also fifth in the league with 65 assists and led the NHL in power play assists with 30.  He was third in the NHL in average ice time among forwards with 21:48. 

A native of Laval, Quebec, St. Louis has been nominated for the award the previous four seasons. He has also been nominated for the award five times overall, winning for the first time in his career in 2010.

Other finalists for the award were former winners Brad Richards (2004) from the Dallas Stars who won the trophy with the Lightning as well as Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), who had won the previous four seasons.

Also at the event, Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was awarded the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, along with co-winner Sidney Crosby, as the NHL’s leading goal-scorers.  Stamkos and Crosby tied for the league lead with 51 goals, making Stamkos the third-youngest player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals in a single season.

2009-2010 Lady Byng Trophy Voting - Top 10
Rank Name Team Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Martin St. Louis T.B. 971 (74-25-6-6-8)
2. Brad Richards DAL 449 (1-39-20-18-12)
3. Pavel Datsyuk DET 438 (17-15-21-15-13)
4. Anze Kopitar L.A. 232 (3-10-14-15-17)
5. Nicklas Lidstrom DET 215 (10-7-9-4-9)
6. Patrick Marleau S.J. 159 (3-5-14-5-9)
7. Henrik Sedin VAN 140 (6-6-6-2-2)
8. Daniel Alfredsson OTT 134 (2-5-9-10-4)
9. Zach Parise N.J. 97 (5-2-3-5-3)
10. Teemu Selanne ANA 70 (2-3-4-2-3)
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