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Martin St. Louis becomes oldest scoring champ in NHL history

Apr 28, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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Martin St. Louis defied the odds as an undrafted player who has developed an outstanding NHL career. Now it appears that he’s also defied the aging process.

St. Louis, 37, became the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy by scoring 60 points this season. An NBC SN infographic reveals that Bill Cook was the oldest ever to lead league scoring at 36 (1932-33) while Gordie Howe set the modern mark at 34 by scoring 86 points in 1962-63.

This is the second Art Ross Trophy of St. Louis’ career. His previous one came in the 2003-04 season where he also won the Hart Trophy and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s only Stanley Cup.

Evgeni Malkin was last season’s winner with 109 points.

In case you’re wondering, his 60 points in 48 games is the equivalent to a 103 point season (rounded up). One other in case you’re wondering: Sidney Crosby‘s 56 points in 36 games would translate to 128 points (also rounded up).

Do note that St. Louis isn’t technically the Art Ross winner yet. Here are the scoring leaders from the four teams that are still active, for those who want to imagine ridiculous streaks that invalidate this post:

Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar, 41 points
San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton, 40 points
Ottawa Senators: Cory Conacher, 28 points
Boston Bruns: Brad Marchand, 36 points

Deep analysis: St. Louis is probably safe.

  1. aklolzer - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Suck on that with your broken jaw Crysby. Probably can unhinge it for your boyfriend now haha.

    • xavier46 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Nah, he and the pens fan base will save that for the Stanley Cup.

      Suck on the draft lottery much?

      • grudenthediva - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        The Pens fan base? The same rabble that was nowhere to be found when they were going to be relocated to Kansas City, then suddenly became “loyal” when WAAAAHrio Lemieux pulled enough strings to get Bettman to rig the Crosby lottery for them?

        Biggest bandwagon in the NHL, bar none.

      • xavier46 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        This just in: The Lightning still suck.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      37? I still have a chance to make it to the game.

  2. JoeAvg - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    And on top of all that, he’s the only guy in the league Darren Pang doesn’t have to look up to during an interview!

    Congrats St Louis.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Cute, but official sources say Pang is 5-5 and St. Louis is 5-8, so unless Darren is wearing his skates and Martin is barefoot, Panger is still looking up.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Forget Daniel Sedin, Marty St. Louis is a true IRONMAN! 37 going on 27! Keeping all those number one overalls’ egos in check at the top of the scoring race. If Sid can’t win it I’m glad Marty did. He’s the living definition of the term perseverance.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Jesus, I mean Henrik. Cut me some slack, I’m from the east and it’s 2 am.

    • hawkeedawg - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:03 AM

      Just to clarify…it is Henrik with the second current longest Iron Man.

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:30 AM

        Oops, thought I deleted text after reading your post, sorry.

  4. axisofweasels - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    is he also the shortest scoring leader in history?

    • hawkeedawg - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:07 AM

      Yvan Cournoyer was one inch shorter at 5’6″, Marty is 5’7″.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yvan Cournoyer, aka the Road Runner, was listed at 5-foot-7, and never won the Art Ross Trophy anyway. He did lead in playoff scoring in 1973 with 25 pts in 17 games; won the Conn Smythe. But his best stat: one Stanley Cup ring for each finger, including both thumbs!

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Technically he already would have set that record in 2004. Maybe he’s now also the shortest to win multiple scoring titles?

      @hawkeedawg, When did Cournoyer ever win a scoring title? He never scored more than 87 points in a season.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      No, since the NHL says he is 5-foot-8, that would match Ted Lndsay.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    As an older short person, I am happy for him. He caught a lucky break (bad luck for a certain Penguin) and took advantage of it. He did fall “short” of the record for a 48 game season, which is still 70 points by Jaromir Jagr and Eric Lindros in 1995.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    He’s the shortest too

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