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St. Louis era ends: A look back

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2014 at 09:01 PM

Marty St. Louis, who joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2000, was considered by many as the heart and soul of the team. Here’s a look back at his career with the Bolts.

CAREER STATISTICS

Regular Season

Season Team Gms G A Pts Plus/Minus

1998-99 Calgary 13 1 1 2 -2

1999-00 Calgary 56 3 15 18 -5

2000-01 TB 78 18 22 40 -4

2001-02 TB 53 16 19 35 4

2002-03 TB 82 33 37 70 10

2003-04 TB 82 38 56 94 35

2005-06 TB 80 31 30 61 -3

2006-07 TB 82 43 59 102 7

2007-08 TB 82 25 58 83 -23

2008-09 TB 82 30 50 80 4

2009-10 TB 82 29 65 94 -8

2010-11 TB 82 31 68 99 0

2011-12 TB 77 25 49 74 -3

2012-13 TB 48 17 43 60 0

2013-14 TB 62 29 32 61 12

Totals 1,041 369 604 973 24

Postseason

2002-03 TB 11 7 5 12 5

2003-04 TB 23 9 15 24 6

2005-06 TB 5 4 0 4 -2

2006-07 TB 6 3 5 8 6

2010-11 TB 18 10 10 20 -8

Totals 63 33 35 68 7

HONORS

♦ Won the Hart Memorial Trophy as 2004 league MVP, as well as the Lester B. Pearson Award as MVP in voting by NHL players.

♦ Won the Art Ross Trophy twice (2003-04, 2012-13) as the NHL’s leading scorer.

♦ Won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13) as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player.

BY THE NUMBERS

8 — Career hat tricks

37 — Age last season, when St. Louis became the oldest player to top the NHL in scoring

6 — All-Star selections

2 — Olympic appearances for Team Canada (2006, 2014), winning a gold medal last month in Sochi

1.25 — Average points per game last season, joining Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to reach that average at age 37 or older

QUOTES

“I’ve said many times in the past and I continue to maintain that Marty St. Louis is the heart and soul of our hockey team.”

— Former Lightning GM Jay Feaster, after signing St. Louis to a six-year, $31 million deal in 2005

 

“Very few shifts go by without something happening when Martin St. Louis is on the ice.”

— Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman

 

“His first three or four strides are explosive. From a standstill, Marty is one of the fastest players in the league.”

— Former Lightning center Brad Richards, now reunited with St. Louis in New York

 

“It’s plain and simple — there’s not enough guys that want to make a difference. They’re clock-killers ... and I’m fed up.”

— St. Louis, after the slumping Lightning dropped a 4-3 decision to Atlanta in 2008.

 

“Having three kids, I can talk about sportsmanship all the time and I have credibility now.”

— St. Louis, after winning the 2013 Lady Byng Award for gentlemanly play for the third time in four seasons. In a lockout-shortened year, St. Louis led the league with 60 points, while posting only 14 penalty minutes.

 

“Martin St. Louis is extremely fast and has an offensive upside that he hasn’t realized yet in the NHL, but he will.”

— Former Lightning GM Rick Dudley, after signing St. Louis as a free agent on July 31, 2000

 

“Hey, I wasn’t even drafted. I’ve had everything against me all of my career. I’ve had to prove myself at every level.”

— St. Louis, during his first training camp in Tampa

 

“Marty St. Louis has the heart of a lion.

— Former Lightning coach John Tortorella

 

“I’d like to say I have a few good years left in me, but I don’t feel like I have that much time.”

— St. Louis, on the brink of the Lightning season opener in October

LATE DRAMA: St. Louis scores off a rebound 33 seconds into the second overtime at Calgary, lifting the Lightning to a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on June 5, 2004. Two nights later, Tampa Bay edged Calgary 2-1 to become NHL champions.

“I was just trying to put it on net,” said St. Louis, who needed oxygen on the Lightning bench during the opening period. “At that point in time, it’s not the pretty goal that’s going to win it. I just thought, ‘Throw it on net because you never know.’ ”

 

MATCHING THE GREAT ONE: A few weeks after hoisting the Stanley Cup, St. Louis won the 2003-04 Hart Trophy as MVP of the league. St. Louis was named on 97 of 105 ballots after earning the first of two Art Ross trophies as the NHL’s leading scorer. He became the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1987 to win the Hart, the Art Ross and the Stanley Cup in the same season.

“It’s going to be a tough year to top,” St. Louis said.

REACHING A MILESTONE: Last November, St. Louis played in his 1,000th NHL game as Tampa Bay visited Los Angeles. Not bad for an undersized skater out of the University of Vermont who started his NHL career with Calgary in 1998 before signing with the Lightning.

“I’ve been blessed to play most of my career with one team,” St. Louis said. “The Tampa Bay Lightning have been nothing but great to me and my family.”

 

FOLLOW THE LEADER: On Oct. 1, 2013, the Lightning named St. Louis as captain to succeed Vinny Lecavalier, who signed with the Flyers as a free agent in the summer.

“Marty embodies everything a captain should be,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “This has been Marty’s team for a little while, and it’s soon to be Stammer’s (Steven Stamkos) team at some point.”

 

BITTERSWEET DAY: In scoring four goals against San Jose six weeks ago, St. Louis matched the franchise single-game record set by Chris Kontos in Tampa Bay’s inaugural game on Oct. 7, 1992. Despite the outburst by St. Louis, the Sharks rallied for a 5-4 victory.

“You score an early one, personally, you have to feel good,” said St. Louis, who scored all of his goals within the game’s first 22 minutes. “It gives you a boost and I rode the wave.”

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