St. Louis calls it quits af­ter 16 sea­sons

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Martin St. Louis an­nounced his re­tire­ment Wed­nes­day af­ter 16 NHL sea­sons, a Stan­ley Cup, Olympic gold medal and a hand­ful of in­di­vid­ual tro­phies to show for his ca­reer.

The Laval, Que., na­tive was a seven-time all-star who won the Hart Tro­phy as MVP once and Art Ross Tro­phy as lead­ing scorer twice. St. Louis also won the Lester B. Pear­son (now Ted Lind­say) award as the play­ers' most out­stand­ing player and three times earned the Lady Byng for gen­tle­manly con­duct.

St. Louis went from be­ing un­der­sized and un­drafted to one of the most pro­lific scor­ers in the past two decades. He recorded 1,033 points on 391 goals and 642 as­sists in 1,34 games with the Cal­gary Flames, Tampa Bay Light­ning and New York Rangers.

“He's ac­com­plished ev­ery- thing he could ac­com­plish in the NHL,” close friend and for­mer Tampa Bay team­mate Mike Smith said in a phone in­ter­view. “He was an un­drafted player who was a lit­tle guy that had ev­ery­thing kind of go­ing against him, and he just con­tin­ued to prove ev­ery­one wrong.”

St. Louis helped the Light­ning win the Stan­ley Cup in 2004 and was part of Canada's World Cup-win­ning team months later. That was the year he won the Hart, Pear­son and Art Ross with a league- best 56 as­sists and 94 points.

“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL,” St. Louis said in the state­ment an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment. “It has been an amaz­ing ride.”

St. Louis was part of Canada's un­de­feated goldmedal-win­ning 2014 Sochi Olympic team and fin­ished his ca­reer with the Rangers. The 40-year-old was an un­re­stricted free agent and ex­plained his de­ci­sion as want­ing to spend more time with wife Heather and sons Ryan, Lu­cas and Ma­son.

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