Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis Brings Home the Hardware Again
The tiniest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning came up big once again on NHL Awards Night in Las Vegas.
Martin St. Louis won the 2010 Lady Byng Trophy given to the player that exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
It's the first time St. Louis has captured the Lady Byng after finishing as runner-up three straight seasons.
It's his fifth straight year as a finalist.
The award adds another trophy for St. Louis' bulging memorabilia case which now boasts a Stanley Cup ring, Art Ross Trophy (Most Points in a Season), Lester B. Pearson Award (Most Valuable Player, voted by the NHLPA), Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP), Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (Best Plus/Minus), and five trips to the All-Star game.
St. Louis is also a 2004 Gold Medalist in the World Cup of Hockey, a two-time silver medalist in the World Championships, and was a member of the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team.
The player affectionately known by some as "Mighty Mouse" certainly has made a name for himself after being cast off by the Calgary Flames after the 1999-2000 season.
"We all play for a Stanley Cup, but when you get recognized for other stuff besides a team trophy, it's neat, it's something they can't take away from you," St. Louis told the Tampa Tribune , "I think back on my career and as a kid if you had told me I would have a Cup, a Hart, an Art Ross, a Pearson and now a Lady Byng, I don't think I would have believed you."
"You look at (St. Louis) the way he competes and plays, you wouldn't think he'd be up for an award like this." Teammate Steven Stamkos told the St. Petersburg Times , "But he's just so smart. He uses his speed, and he's always in position, so he doesn't have to take penalties. He's there to take the puck with his smarts and his speed. That's what separates him."
Tampa Bay defenseman/forward Kurtis Foster finished as a runner-up to goalie Jose Theodore for the Masterson Trophy, awarded for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
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