Each year the group of writers covering the team (formally known as the Long Island chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association), selects one player deserving of the "Good Guy" Award. The Good Guy Award is designated to honor someone who goes above and beyond expectations in dealing with the media, and I can tell you it was a landslide vote this year.

Hard to find a guy more deserving of such recognition than Martin Biron. Biron is well known throughout the league for being one of the most gregarious, charismatic personalities in hockey and that much was apparent from even his first week in training camp.

Biron endeared himself to teammates and media members from the very beginning and quickly became a dynamic force in the locker room. Whether it was big win or a demoralizing loss, Biron was always available to reporters, more than willing to deliver insight and field any question thrown his way.

Even when Biron found himself out of the mix of goaltenders and facing a flurry of trade rumors, he was upbeat as always, cracking jokes, ribbing teammates, and serenading the room with the squeaking of tape (Biron spends about ten minutes after every practice or game unwinding the tape he uses to holster the boots on his skates that date back to his junior days. An incredibly annoying sound, if it came from anyone but him :) ).

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So, congratulations to Biron. Well-deserving of his reputation as a "Good Guy" and high time he was formally recognized.