Marty St. Louis wins his third Lady Byng Trophy
Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis won the Lady Byng Memorial Award after leading the league with 60 points on 17 goals and a league-best 43 assists with just 14 penalty minutes.
It is the third time St. Louis has won the trophy given for sportsmanship in a vote by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Only four players – Frank Boucher (7), Wayne Gretzky (5), Pavel Datsyuk (4) and Red Kelly (4) – have won more.
St. Louis, who turns 38 on Tuesday, also is up for the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player as voted by the players. He has won two Art Ross trophies for leading the league in points and in the Lightning’s 2003-04 Stanley Cup season, won the Hart Trophy as the regular-season most valuable player (as voted by the media) and the Lindsay, then known as the Pearson.
On winning the Lady Byng: It’s an honor, obviously. I feel very fortunate and lucky in my career that I get to pick up some hardware along the way. I feel it’s something that when you’re done playing and you retire it’s going to look nice on the resume.
On if it softens the blow of a season without the playoffs: I mean, does it help? I think it’s two separate animals. I don’t think you start a season saying, ‘You know what? I shouldn’t (increase) my penalty minutes so I can win the Lady Byng.’ You’re trying to make the playoffs every year. I’m as disappointed now as I’m going to be Saturday morning not being in the playoffs regardless of me winning the Lady Byng. To me that’s irrelevant in the big picture, and it’s too bad we weren’t able to play more hockey this year. But I take pride in it. I try to push the limit as far as I can without getting caught.
On the perception of Lady Byng winners as soft players: There are so many great players who have won the award and you don’t say they were soft. They just played the game the right way.
On his summer workouts: I feel really good this summer. I took two weeks off. I got right back at it in mid May. I was able to train for two and a half weeks before I met my trainer in the first week of June. My first stage is already done. Usually that takes three weeks and I did it in 15 days. I’ve been pushing my workouts along to try to get as many workouts as I can. I’m ahead of the game right now in terms of where I usually am at this time of year, but that’s based too on a much shorter season. I didn’t have as much wear and tear on the body, so I’m a lot stronger right now at this time of now than I have in any other June.
On his emotions for next season: I’m excited. You’re coming off a good year individually. We didn’t make the playoffs but it kept me motivated. It gave me the drive that I need.