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Martin St. Louis (born June 18, 1975) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

As an amateur, St. Louis played for the University of Vermontmarker 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. St. Louis was signed by Calgary in 1998. He spent the latter part of the 1997–98 season with the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks at the time of his signing with Calgary. He did put up impressive numbers with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL). When Craig Button was appointed GM of the Flames, 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. In 2003–04 he led the NHL in scoring with 94 points. He scored an overtime goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames for the Stanley Cup. 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."

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.

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.

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.

Personal

He and his wife Heather have three boys, Ryan, Lucas and Mason.

Awards



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 University of Vermontmarker ECAC 33 15 36 51 24
1994–95 University of Vermont ECAC 35 23 48 71 36
1995–96 University of Vermont ECAC 35 29 56 85 38
1996–97 University of Vermont 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
NHL totals 690 238 347 585 226 45 23 25 48 24


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


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