|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy|
|Established||1924–25 NHL season|
|Current holder(s)||Aleksander Barkov, Jr.|
|Awarded to the||player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability|
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability". The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy has been awarded 86 times to 51 different players since it was first awarded in 1925.
The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
History[edit | edit source]
The trophy is named in honour of Marie Evelyn Moreton (Lady Byng), wife of Viscount Byng of Vimy, a Vimy Ridge war hero who was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Lady Byng, who was an avid hockey fan, decided to donate the trophy to the NHL in 1925.
She decided the trophy's first winner would be Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators. Late in the season, Lady Byng invited Nighbor to Rideau Hall, showed him the trophy, and asked him if the NHL would accept it as an award for its most gentlemanly player. When Nighbor said he thought it would, Lady Byng, much to Nighbor's surprise, awarded him the trophy.
After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times within eight years, Lady Byng was so impressed that she gave him the original trophy to keep. Lady Byng then donated a second trophy in 1935–36. When Lady Byng died in 1949 the NHL presented another trophy and changed the official name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. In 1962, the original trophy was destroyed in a fire at Boucher's home.
Besides Boucher, a number of players have won the award multiple times, including Wayne Gretzky who won it five times, Red Kelly and Pavel Datsyuk with four wins, and Bobby Bauer, Alex Delvecchio, Mike Bossy and Ron Francis with three each. Because of Boucher's seven wins, the New York Rangers join Detroit as the only two clubs who have won the award fourteen times, followed by Toronto with nine wins, Chicago and Boston tied with eight, and Los Angeles with five.
Five players have won both the Lady Byng Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in the same season: Buddy O'Connor (1947–48), Bobby Hull (1964–65), Stan Mikita (1966–67 and 1967–68), Wayne Gretzky (1979–80) and Joe Sakic (2000–01). Mikita is also the only player to win the Hart, Art Ross, and Lady Byng trophies in the same season, doing so consecutively in the 1966–67 and 1967–68 seasons. Gretzky, Bobby Hull, and Martin St. Louis are the other players who have won these three awards in their career, though not in the same season, while Bobby and Brett Hull are the only father-son combination to win the Hart and Lady Byng trophies.
Bill Quackenbush and Red Kelly are the only defensemen to have won the Lady Byng Trophy, with Kelly being the only one to win it multiple (3 as a defenseman, 4 overall) times. No defenseman has won in over fifty years; the closest this came to happening was in 2001 when Nicklas Lidström narrowly lost to Joe Sakic. No goaltender has ever won the award.
List of Winners[edit | edit source]
Player is still active Eligible player not yet elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
See Also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Boucher, Frank (1973). When The Rangers Were Young. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead & Company. ISBN 0396068529.
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy history at NHL.com
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy history at Legends of Hockey.net
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy history. Legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
- Jon Dolezar (2003-04-20). Foppa shows the most Hart. SI.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-01.
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
- Hunter, Douglas (1997). Champions: The Illustrated History of Hockey's Greatest Dynasties. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1572432166.
- Frank Nighbor at the Hockey Hall of Fame site
- Boucher, p. 12
- Lady Byng Trophy history. canadianencyclopedia.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
- Hart Memorial Trophy history. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-31.
|NHL Awards and Trophies|
|Team||Stanley Cup · Prince of Wales · Clarence S. Campbell · Presidents' Trophy|
|Individual||Adams · Art Ross · Calder · Conn Smythe · Crozier · Hart · Jennings · King Clancy · Lady Byng · Lindsay · Masterton · Messier · NHL Foundation · Norris · Plus/Minus · Rocket Richard · Selke · Vezina · GM of the Year|
|Defunct||O'Brien Cup · Man of the Year Award · Conacher Award|
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