Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Lost Award: The Lovely Lady Byng
I assure you, we didn't forget the Lady Byng on purpose. And there's nothing funny about the correlation between light-hitting forwards and a trophy named after a middle-aged British woman who liked the Senators and married a guy who was nicknamed "Bungo." The first winner of the Lady Byng Trophy (I like to call him the First Lady) was Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators, her favorite player. Nighbor had amassed 18 PIM in 26 games that year. The Senators' best player in 1925, Cy Denneny, had 16 PIM in 28 games, along with 27 goals and 42 points (good for 2nd in the league in scoring). Nighbor had 7 points.What a bunch of bullshit.
Needless to say, there's an art to awarding the Byng, which combines scoring ability and playing time with a low number of penalty minutes. That's the closest we've come to matching Lady Byng's idea of "gentlemanly play" when really I just think she wanted to get into Nighbor's breezers or whatever they called them at the time. Little did she know that one of her favorite gentleman, WayGret, would be putting himself in such compromising positions six decades later.
Hopefully that little tasteless history lesson satisfied all you Lady Byng fans out there. So what about polling? I'm going to try something new...
Have fun. Now that I mocked the Trophy, I'm sure to get ghost tea-bagged by Bungo.
P.S. Be sure to vote for your player awards on the right side of the blog. If you don't see someone you voted for, let me know in the comments on this post.