Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Born June 18, 1975 (1975-06-18) (age 36)
Laval, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Calgary Flames
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1997–present

Martin St. Louis (French pronunciation: [maʁtɛ̃ sɛ̃ lwi]; born June 18, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

St. Louis grew up in Laval, Quebec playing minor hockey and eventually made it onto the AAA Midget Laval Laurentides in 1991-92. After a strong season in Midget, he was signed by the Hawkesbury Hawks Jr.A. hockey club of the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL) in Ontario. After a strong year with the Hawks (37-50-87 in just 31 games), St. Louis accepted an NCAA scholarship with the University of Vermont.

As an amateur, St. Louis played for the University of Vermont Catamounts on the same team as Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, and on the same line as former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Éric Perrin. St. Louis was an NCAA All-Star and three-time Hobey Baker Award finalist for college player of the year. He ranks first amongst all Vermont scorers in career points (267) and assists (176), and ranks third in career goals (91).

Despite his impressive numbers with the Catamounts, he was not drafted and accepted a training camp invitation from the Ottawa Senators. He was released from Senators' training camp on September 18, 1997 and eventually signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames on February 18, 1998.[1] He was immediately assigned to the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks, where he spent the remainder of the season[1] and scored 50 points in 56 games. St. Louis was a point-per-game player with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League, scoring 114 points in 95 games. When Craig Button was appointed general manager of the Flames in 2000, he released St. Louis who then signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis was on pace to have a career year in the 2001–02 when his season ended prematurely due to a broken leg.[2] In 2003–04 he led the NHL in scoring with 94 points. He scored an overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames for the Stanley Cup in 7 games. At season's end he won both the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player to his team and the Lester B. Pearson Award as league MVP voted by his peers. St. Louis became the first player since Wayne Gretzky and only the eighth in NHL history, to win the Art Ross Trophy, the Stanley Cup, and the Hart Memorial Trophy all in one season.

In August 2005, Martin St. Louis signed a six-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth $31.5 million. St. Louis was quoted as saying, "I'm just happy that the Lightning have found a way to keep me long-term. Tampa was always my first choice, I've had so many good things happen to me in Tampa."[citation needed]

St. Louis played for Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he was part of the team which won the World Cup, and the 2006 Winter Olympics which saw them eliminated by Russia in the quarterfinals after what was considered a disappointing tournament.

Marty St. Louis skates against the Florida Panthers in 2010.

In the 2006–07 NHL season, St. Louis recorded a personal high of 102 points (43 goals, 59 assists). The Lightning lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New Jersey Devils.

Before the start of the 2007–08 season, St. Louis was named an alternate captain of the Lightning because of captain Tim Taylor's expected long-term absence due to injury.[3]

At the end of the 2007–08 season, St. Louis finished the season with 25 goals, 58 assists and 83 points, finishing second in team scoring behind teammate Vincent Lecavalier.

St. Louis was named finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy for the 2007–08 season and the 2008-09 season at the NHL Awards show in June. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played for the Swiss team HC Lausanne.

At the end of the 2008–09 season, St. Louis finished the season with 30 goals, 50 assists and 80 points. He led the Tampa Bay Lightning in goals, assists, points, games played, and short handed goals. He was second in plus/minus and power play goals.

St. Louis was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for the 2009–10 NHL season (and only recorded 12 penalty minutes the entire season).[4] St. Louis beat out Pavel Datsyuk, winner of the previous four Lady Byng Trophies, and former teammate Brad Richards, who won the award for the 2003–04 NHL season playing alongside St. Louis with the Tampa Bay Lightning during their Stanley Cup winning season.

St. Louis was named an assistant captain for team Lidstrom at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Martin competed in the fastest skater competition at the all star super skills competition, and also in the Discover Elimination Shoot-out game. The All-Star Game skills competition was won by the opponent team Eric Staal in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Personal

He and his wife Heather Caragol have three boys, Ryan (born June 13, 2003),[5] Lucas (born March 30, 2005)[6] and Mason (born 2008).[7]

Awards

St. Louis skates against the Blackhawks in 2009. Martin wears number 26 in tribute to his childhood hero, diminutive former Montreal Canadiens star Mats Näslund.
  • ECAC All-Rookie Team — 1994
  • ECAC All-Conference Team — 1994
  • ECAC All-Star Team — 1995
  • ECAC Player of the Year — 1995
  • NCAA East First All-American Team — 1995
  • ECAC All-Star Team — 1996
  • NCAA East First All-American Team — 1996
  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team — 1996
  • ECAC All-Star Team — 1997
  • NCAA East First All-American Team — 1997
  • Played in 6 NHL All-Star Games — 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (Co-winner with Marek Malik) — 2004
  • NHL First All-Star RW — 2004
  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy — 2004
  • Lester B. Pearson Award — 2004
  • Hart Memorial Trophy — 2004
  • Stanley Cup champion — 2004
  • NHL Second All-Star RW — 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — 2010, 2011

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Laval Laurentides Midget AAA Quebec Midget AAA 42 29 74 103 38 12 7 15 22 16
1992–93 Hawkesbury Hawks Jr.A. CJHL 31 37 50 87 70
1993–94 Vermont Catamounts ECAC 33 15 36 51 24
1994–95 Vermont Catamounts ECAC 35 23 48 71 36
1995–96 Vermont Catamounts ECAC 35 29 56 85 38
1996–97 Vermont Catamounts ECAC 36 24 36 60 65
1997–98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 56 16 34 50 24
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 25 15 11 26 20 20 5 15 20 16
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 53 28 34 62 30 7 4 4 8 2
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 13 1 1 2 10
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 17 15 11 26 14
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 56 3 15 18 22
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 78 18 22 40 12
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 53 16 19 35 20
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 33 37 70 32 11 7 5 12 0
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 38 56 94 24 23 9 15 24 14
2004–05 HC Lausanne Swiss-A 23 9 16 25 16
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 31 30 61 38 5 4 0 4 2
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 43 59 102 28 6 3 5 8 8
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 25 58 83 26
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 30 50 80 14
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 29 65 94 12
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 31 68 99 12 18 10 10 20 4
NHL totals 854 298 480 778 250 63 33 35 68 28

International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 WCH 6 2 2 4 0
2006 Oly 6 2 1 3 0
2008 WC 9 2 8 10 0
2009 WC 9 4 11 15 0
Senior int'l totals 30 10 22 32 0

Notes

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Preceded by
Peter Forsberg
Winner of the Hart Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Joe Thornton
Preceded by
Peter Forsberg
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Joe Thornton
Preceded by
Markus Naslund
Winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award
2004
Succeeded by
Jaromir Jagr
Preceded by
Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Marek Malík)

2004
Succeeded by
Wade Redden and Michal Rozsíval
Preceded by
Pavel Datsyuk
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner
2010, 2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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