Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | November 3, 2011

Man of the Day 11/3: Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis

Born June 18, 1975 (age 36) in Laval, Quebec, Canada

Right winger and alternate captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are an upcoming opponent for the Blackhawks, so let’s take a look at one of their stars. Marty played midget hockey with the AAA Midget Laval Laurentides for a year before joining the Hawkesbury Hawks Jr. A hockey club in Ontario. He was so good, the University of Vermont offered him a scholarship! This is where his epic friendship with Tim Thomas was established, and not only was he an NCAA All-Star and three-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, he set school records for points and assists and is third in career goals! But in spite of his awesome play, he wasn’t drafted and instead invited to the Ottawa Senators’ training camp only to be cut. The Calgary Flames took him in, and they sent him to the Cleveland Lumberjacks and the Saint John Flames. After bouncing between Saint John and Calgary, he was released in 2000 and snatched up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goal celebration!

After four seasons with the Bolts, including one that was cut short by a broken leg, the team won the Stanley Cup in 2004. Marty not only won that but also the Art Ross and Hart Trophies, making him only the eighth player in NHL history to do that. He also won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the player-voted MVP. In the Year That Never Was, he played in Swiss leagues for HC Laucerne. By 2007 he’d been named an alternate captain for the team and had the second highest points total for the team, right behind his buddy Vincent Lecavalier. He was also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for gentlemanly conduct and sportsmanship on and off the ice, and he won his first trophy in 2010.

In 2011 he was named an alternate captain for Team Lidstrom during the All-Star Game along with fellow Man of the Day Patrick Kane and participated in the Superskills competition. He finished the 2010-2011 season with a regular record of 99 points (including 31 goals) and helped lead the Bolts to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Boston Bruins. He then won his second Lady Byng Trophy this past June. He already has 10 points in 12 games in this young season, which can only mean good things for him and the team!

I'm using this because of Zdeno Chara photobombing Vinnie Lecavalier and Marty. That, and the bromance in the front.

– Krista

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