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Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis wins NHL's sportsmanship award for second straight year

Marty St. Louis with the Lady Byng Trophy, which he won for the second year in a row.

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Marty St. Louis with the Lady Byng Trophy, which he won for the second year in a row.

LAS VEGAS — That presenters Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof butchered Marty St. Louis' last name — pronouncing it like the city — didn't bother the Lightning wing, who won his second consecutive Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship at Wednesday's NHL awards.

The voting wasn't close. St. Louis received 70 first-place votes and a record 994 points, beating Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom, who had 464 points.

"I didn't even notice," St. Louis said of the introductory gaffe.

As for the trophy, which he adds to his 2004 Hart and Pearson awards as league MVP and his 2004 Art Ross points-leader trophy, he said, "It's an honor to be on that trophy. Great players have been on it. Great players have won it more than once, so I'm happy. But I couldn't have done it without my teammates and the whole organization."

St. Louis, 36, had 31 goals and was second in the league with 99 points with just 12 penalty minutes.

"It's tremendous," GM Steve Yzerman said of St. Louis' win. "I like what they're doing with that award. The guys who are winning it play hard, they compete hard, they show good sportsmanship, and they're not diving all over the ice trying to draw penalties. It's a great honor for him."

MORE RECOGNITION: St. Louis and C Steven Stamkos were named to the NHL All-Star second team. … St. Louis was third behind Anaheim's Corey Perry and Vancouver's Daniel Sedin for the Hart Trophy, given to the MVP as voted by the media. Sedin beat Stamkos and Perry for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player voted by the players. "I was just honored to be part of the final three voted on by the players," Stamkos said. "It's nice to have that respect. It's flattering in itself."

SECOND-BEST: Yzerman, who did not attend the event, said he was not disappointed he finished behind Vancouver's Mike Gillis for GM of the Year. Gillis' 14 first-place votes and 96 points dwarfed Yzerman's seven first-place votes and 61 points. "Mike did some great things in building that team," Yzerman said.

PRESEASON SKED: Tampa Bay will play six games to prep for the 2011-12 season, but only one — Sept. 23 against the Panthers — at the St. Pete Times Forum. Here is the schedule. All times are subject to change:

September: 20 — at St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. 21 — vs. Blues, place/time TBA. 23 — Panthers, 7:30 p.m. 24 — at Florida, 7 p.m.; 29 — at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 — vs. Canadiens at Quebec City, 7 p.m.

ODDS AND ENDS: Lightning coach Guy Boucher was fourth in the voting for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma won. … The Lightning will open the 2011-12 season Oct. 7 at Carolina. The home opener is Oct. 17 against the Panthers. The schedule will be released today. … John Burkart, former director of scouting for Green Bay of the junior United States league, was hired as an amateur scout. He is the Lightning's fourth recent scouting hire.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis wins NHL's sportsmanship award for second straight year 06/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:48am]
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