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Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 22, 2014) -- Forwards Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, 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 National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Marleau tallied his seventh 30-goal season in the past nine years, helping the Sharks reach the 100-point mark for the seventh time in that span. He ranked second on the Sharks in goals (33), was third in assists (37) and points (70), and led the club and placed fifth in the NHL in shots on goal (285). Marleau played in all 82 games and skated an average of 20:31 per contest but received just 18 penalty minutes. The 34-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native is a Lady Byng finalist for the second time, finishing third behind Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards in 2006.

Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado Avalanche

O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the resurgent Avalanche captured the Central Division title and tied a franchise record with 52 victories. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games. The 23-year-old Clinton, Ont., native is a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the first time.

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

In quest of a repeat Lady Byng Trophy win and fourth in the past five years, St. Louis recorded the seventh 30-goal season of his NHL career (30-39--69). He led the Rangers in goals, points and power-play goals (nine) and ranked second in plus-minus (+13). St. Louis ranked third among NHL forwards in total time on ice (1,696:11), but was assessed just 10 penalty minutes -- fewest among the League's top 20 scorers. The 38-year-old native of Laval, Que., is a Lady Byng finalist for the eighth time in the past 10 years.

History

Lady Byng, wife of Canada's Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy during the 1924-25 season. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng's death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

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I can’t believe St. Louis got nominated for this after acting like a child when he didn’t make Team Canada.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/22/14 at 10:49 AM ET

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I can’t believe St. Louis got nominated for this after acting like a child when he didn’t make Team Canada.

I can’t believe that a) you think you know what happened behind the scenes, and b) you think that quietly asking for a trade is “acting like a child”.

Posted by Garth on 04/22/14 at 11:45 AM ET

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O’Reilly’s nomination is far, far worse.

They guy has his stick up after every whistle and is far from “gentlemanly”.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/14 at 12:30 PM ET

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Garth, did you see the Ken Campbell post? It seems like he’s making the same argument as I am. I’d assume he has more insight into points a) and b) above.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/22/14 at 01:11 PM ET

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I’d assume he has more insight into points a) and b) above.

It’s funny that I questioned why you would make assumptions about something you know nothing about and you respond with…another assumption.

Well done.

If he has any real insight into the situation then why hasn’t he written an article about it, and why doesn’t he address specifics in his article today, rather than making vague claims about it?

And why should we assume that one guy crying about it knows more than the number of guys who voted for St-Louis?

Posted by Garth on 04/22/14 at 02:29 PM ET

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And why should we assume that one guy crying about it knows more than the number of guys who voted for St-Louis?

Posted by Garth on 04/22/14 at 03:29 PM ET

Would this be the same PHWA that voted Alex Ovechkin onto the all-star team in two different positions last year, specifically after being told NOT to do so?

Posted by Primis on 04/22/14 at 02:49 PM ET

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Garth, a good deal of opinions, rumors and speculation is just that: rumor, opinion and speculation. The consensus that I read from all of the hullabaloo written about St. Louis requesting a trade - from the initial whispers through the trade itself - was overwhelmingly suggestive that St. Louis was upset about the snub and asked out. Do I know that for certain? Of course I don’t. But after reading a number of stories about it (from a number of writers, including the highly-credible Elliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie, not to mention, Boomer Esiason - JOKING!!!), it seemed pretty reasonable that St. Louis’ Team Canada snub spurred that request.

Making the assumption that this implication is true, my opinion is, considering Marty St. Louis’ stature in that organization, as a “I’m going to take my ball and go home” moment from St. Louis. It’s not like we’re talking about a guy who has played for a few teams and doesn’t really have a deep affiliation with a team - this guy was a long time face of the franchise. If it were a situation like if Thomas Vanek asked out of Buffalo, where he was a star but not necessarily the face of the franchise - or even a situation where it’s a long time hero on a team in rebuilding and wants to go to a contender…but Marty St. Louis was in the thick of a playoff berth on a pretty good up-and-coming team. He’s the face of the franchise. Considering all those things - and assuming the Team Canada snub was the catalyst - I formed my opinion.

My point about Ken Campbell (and the other writers) is that they have a lot more credibility and insight about this stuff than we do. Whether Ken Campbell knows with 100% certainty or not whether the Team Canada snub, that’s not the point. The point is: I bet he knows more than you or I do about this.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/22/14 at 02:49 PM ET

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