The Lady Byng Trophy is awarded annually to the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
player chosen by hockey writers as best combining sportsmanship and skill. It was first presented in 1925 by Lady Byng, wife of Governor General BYNG
. After Frank BOUCHER
won the trophy 7 times, he was given it to keep, and another was donated to the league. Paul Kariya won it in 1996 and 1997. Several other players have won it twice, including the 1998 winner - Ron Francis. Bobby Bauer, Alex Delvecchio and Mike Bossy are 3-time winners. Red KELLY
is a 4-time winner. Wayne GRETZKY
won the trophy for the 5th time in 1999.