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The Lady Byng

In The Crease on June 18, 2013 at 8:42 am
The Lady Byng

The Lady Byng

Given that this year’s Stanley Cup championship could very well be the dullest ever, today we celebrate the annual bestowing of the NHL’s least coveted trophy:  The Lady Byng.  The term, trophy, hails from the days of Greek hoplites.  The Greek term means ‘turning point’, and referred to the point at which the opposing phalanx turned and ran.  The winning side then piled in a heap any items their opponent had dropped on their headlong flight back to Athens, and offered whatever the hell ‘burnt chine’ was to the gods.  The Lady Byng trophy was named after Ottawa Senators fan, Evelyn Byng, Viscountess Byng of Vimy, who was the wife of Field Marshal Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, who led the Canadians in glorious retreat from the WWI battle of Gallipoli (for which he was elevated to the “Order of the Bath”).  Later in life the Lord Byng was asked about the battle, to which he responded that he had no idea “what cuthbert dingo thought that one up”, knowing full well it was Winston Churchill.  LadyByngTrophyThe Lady Byng trophy is given to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”–or in other words the best player in the league who can still be referred to as ‘hoser’.  Disregarding efforts to have the trophy renamed ‘Datsyuk’ the NHL bestowed the honor to Tampa Bay Lightning player, Martin St. Louis, for the third time.  At 5’ 8” St. Louis is not the most intimidating player in the league, but is well respected.  For example, Wild defenseman Ryan Suter recently called St. Louis “So cute, you just want to cuddle him up.”  St. Louis, however, has his detractors, such as Boston’s Zdeno Chara, who in an interview called St. Louis “a slippery little shit” and vowed to “grind his bones to make my bread.”  When asked, Martin St. Louis agreed that yes, this could very well be the dullest Stanley Cup championship series ever, and that if he were playing  he “damned well would have gotten more than one shot on goal in four power plays last night.”


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