Re­tire­ment of St. Louis sparks Hall of Fame de­bate

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Martin St. Louis was a Stan­ley Cup, Hart and two-time Art Ross Tro­phy win­ner, Olympic gold medal­list and 1,000-point scorer.

The only ques­tion that re­mains af­ter he an­nounced his re­tire­ment Thurs­day is if St. Louis is a Hockey Hall of Famer.

“Easily, for sure,’’ for­mer team­mate Do­minic Moore said with­out hes­i­ta­tion. “No doubt about that. That to me is not even de­bat­able. He has to be.’’

St. Louis has a dec­o­rated re­sume: one Hart as NHL MVP, two Art Ross Tro­phies as the lead­ing scorer, one Lester B. Pear­son (now Ted Lind­say) Award as the NHLPA’s most out- stand­ing player and three Lady Byng Tro­phies for gen­tle­manly con­duct to go with 391 goals and 642 as­sists in 1,134 games.

He helped the Tampa Bay Light­ning win the Stan­ley Cup in 2004 and Canada win the World Cup months later. The Laval, Que., na­tive was also on Canada’s un­de­feated goldmedal-win­ning 2014 Sochi Olympic team.

“He gets my vote,’’ for­mer NHL for­ward Jeff Halpern said. “I don’t know who else over the last 15 years has kind of done the things that he’s been able to do. There are guys that have done it, but there’s not many.’’

St. Louis is one of just 52 play­ers with at least 300 goals, 600 as­sists and 1,000 points.

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