Oops, they did it once more.
In what’s changing into an annual custom, Auston Matthews is as soon as once more a finalist for the Woman Byng Trophy, which is awarded to the “participant adjudged to have exhibited the perfect sort of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct mixed with a excessive commonplace of enjoying means.”
As I wrote final 12 months:
Within the fall, Matthews was charged with disorderly conduct for harassing a feminine safety guard in his Scottsdale, Ariz;, condominium complicated. The incident, which occurred final Could, began when Matthews tried to enter the safety guard’s locked automotive. Matthews then dropped his pants (underwear nonetheless on) and squeezed his cheeks. The safety guard, a Black lady who suffers from excessive PTSD attributable to serving within the army in Iraq, filed a police report, and Matthews reportedly mentioned it could be humorous to see how she reacted. Safety footage exhibits Matthews strolling along with his pants down round his ankles. Fees had been later dismissed.
The NHL and the (overwhelmingly male) Skilled Hockey Writers Affiliation took some warmth for the nomination final 12 months, together with from ex-sportswriter Melissa Geschwind, who known as out a number of of the members final 12 months.
Apparently the statute of limitations on being a creep ran out, as a result of certainly a few of those self same members who mentioned they might replicate on the problem voted for Matthews once more.
The even worse half is that final 12 months’s winner, Nathan MacKinnon, isn’t even a finalist this 12 months, regardless of having one other incredible season (Jaccob Slavin and Jared Spurgeon are the opposite finalists). Is it merely as a result of he had 27 extra penalty minutes this season? Don’t chortle, that’s actually the extent at which hockey awards writers are considering; these 27 PIM are a disqualifying issue, whereas being an unapologetic harasser just isn’t.
At the least this 12 months, we don’t have PHWA members telling us we shouldn’t care concerning the awards the PHWA votes on (but). In order that’s progress.