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Martin St. Louis

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Born in Laval, Quebec St. Louis was recruited by the University of Vermont Catamounts. In his freshman season Marty marked 51 points in 33 games and was awarded to the East Coast All-Rookie Team. His following season he had 71 points in 35 games and was named to the First All-Star Team and was an NCAA All-American for the first of three straight seasons. In his senior year Marty had 85 points in 35 games and led the Catamounts to their first ECAC championship. He was a finalist for the Hobey and retired from Vermont as the all-time leading scorer with 267 points. Even after an incredible college career Marty went undrafted. He earned a try-out with the Ottawa Senators but did not sign. The Calgary Flames took a chance and signed the undrafted forward. After being assigned to the Flames affiliate in Saint John, St. Louis potted 26 points in 25 regular season games and had 20 points in 20 games during the playoffs. Marty begain the season with the Flames but was sent down after only 13 games. He would re-join Flames halfway through the 1999-2000 season and picked up three goals and 18 points in 56 games, but the team bought out his contract at the end of that season, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Martin as a free agent and by season end, he had 18 goals and 40 points. Martin cam into his own in 2002-03, recording 33 goals and playing in his first NHL All-Star Game, he finished second in the Fastest Skater competition and first in the Puck Control Relay event at the game’s skills competition. In 2003-04 things started to get even better for Marty, marking 94 points and winning the Art Ross Trophy as the leagues highest point getter. He also won the Hart Trophy and the Pearson Award, as well as being named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team. Marty scored 24 points in 23 playoff games and helped the Lighting to its first ever Stanley Cup when they defeated his formed team the Calgary Flames. The 2006-07 season would see Marty‚Äôs most productive year, finishing with a career high in goals with 43, marking over 100 points with 102 and was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy. The next season, his 99 points placed him second in league scoring, and again, he was the recipient of the Lady Byng. He took home the award a third time in 2012-13. Before the 2013-14 season Martin was named captain of the Lightning but waiving his no trade clause, he was dealt to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks. Joining the Rangers Marty helped led the team to the Stanley Cup Final but fell short against the Los Angeles Kings. Marty played in 1,134 games in his 16 NHL seasons, scoring 391 goals, 642 assists for 1,033 points. Martin took home a gold medal from the 2004 World Cup, silver medals from the 2008 and 2009 World Championships and played in the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games, earning a gold medal in the latter tournament.

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