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St. Louis ‘pushing’ to make Canada’s 2014 Olympic team

Aug 12, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

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Martin St. Louis didn’t make Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic ice hockey team, however he appears to be using that for motivation in a bid to make the squad for the 2014 Sochi Games.

St. Louis, who wore the Maple Leaf during Canada’s disastrous showing in Turin in 2006, was among 47 players invited to Hockey Canada’s Olympic orientation camp slated for Aug. 25 to 28 in Calgary.

It’s a new chance and opportunity for the 38-year-old. He’s certainly earned it.

Last season, he had 60 points in 48 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Despite growing older and not blessed with overwhelming size – he’s listed at 5’8″ tall – St. Louis has had higher than a point-per-game average in five of the last seven seasons, and three of the last four.

But he was clearly pained by the decision to be kept off the 2010 gold-medal winning team.

β€œIt was tough. It was one of those disappointments,” St. Louis told Sportsnet.ca.

β€œYou feed off it and get better. Keep pushing.”

  1. murtdurt - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I feel like this is the 3rd story this summer that talks about how much st.louis wants to make the Canadian roster. We get it

    • tcclark - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Thank you. Was just about to post the same thing. It’s not even like it’s a story that will get a lot of hits. A story about Sidney Crosby’s favorite color would probably increase site traffic more than this.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Bottom line, Marty has more than earned the spot. He shouldn’t need a story to help his cause.

    Hopefully, the Canadien Hockey Olympic program will make the right call.

    • tdrusher225 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      If he’s willing to play a certain role sure I could see him nabbing a spot. But you don’t earn spots on these teams for being a good player, you need to be the right fit. And I don’t think Team Canada owes him anything, no matter how well-respected he is.

  3. valoisvipers - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Marty is good no doubt about it but Team Canada has bigger, stronger, faster players to use. Canada just has too much talent(except in net) for Marty to get a spot.

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