Okay, we get it Professional Hockey Writers Association. You really think Martin St. Louis is gentlemanly. Usually, he is, which is why he has won the Lady Byng in three of the past four seasons. He has become the default recipient of the most peculiar award in hockey. So yet again, St. Louis has been nominated for the Lady Byng.
But why this season?
The Lady Byng – or the not James Neal award – is awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,”
So St. Louis has the high standard of playing ability bit down cold. But the gentlemanly conduct portion? That may be a problem this year. After all, St. Louis demanded his way out of Tampa Bay largely over a personal squabble with his general manager over Team Canada. Now, I’ve been on record saying that St. Louis earned the right to ask for a change. Players of his caliber and age deserve some leeway in that regard. They’ve earned the special treatment.
But how much special treatment is too much? I would say that ignoring the act completely and acting as if there is nothing to see here crosses the line.
What the hell PHWA?