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Lightning name St. Louis their new captain

Oct 1, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning named star Martin St. Louis their new captain on Tuesday.

Here’s a photo of the 38-year-old wearing the “C,” via the team:


St. Louis discussed how he’ll handle the role.

“It’s not all my responsibility,” St. Louis said. “That’s what I’m looking for as a captain, seeing everybody want to lead.”

It almost feels like the appropriate question regarding this nomination isn’t the usual “Why him?” Instead, “What took so long?” seems more fitting.

After starting his career with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis has been a fixture in Tampa Bay since the 2000-01 season. He’s played 910 of his 979 career regular season games with the Lightning, and it’s hard to imagine him failing to reach the 1,000-game mark sometime in 2014-15.

He’s been a consistent producer on a franchise that’s seen some extreme ups and downs over the year, and chances are strong that he’ll keep that up for a while.

  1. jb8588 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Even as a huge Vinny fan, this has been long overdue. Marty has deserved this for a long time…time for him to show the fraud captains like Ovi how to really lead a team.

  2. shamu1the1whale - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Congrats, Martin St. Louis!

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    huge marty fan! Been watching him since I was a little kid when he played for uvm.

  4. withseidelinn - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Well deserved. Let Stammer focus on scoring the goals and growing his game even more. He’ll get it in due time.

  5. esracerx46 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Congrats Marty!So glad they gave it to a guy who has earned everything he has. Such an inspirational story. Being undersized and undrafted. Stammer will get his in due time, but Marty is the quintessential Captain. A true good guy and someone you really root for.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Well deserved, class act. He’s been the unofficial captain the last 5 years anyway….

  7. bauxjangles - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    It’s the way it always should have been. That’s the kind of player that everyone on your roster should try to emulate. One of the classiest guys in the league.

  8. shamu1the1whale - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Let’s see if Tampa Bay names 6 players as Alternate Captain…

  9. pxland - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Only one captain? That’s soooo 2011.

  10. mclovinhockey - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Great move by Tampa.
    I do agree that most young guys like AO do not deserve to wear the C… Not just saying Ovi is the only one not mature enough for the role, there is also Crosby and my teams captain, Giroux. All phenomenal players, but sub par leaders.

    Said it before and I will say it again, Towes is the exception to the rule.

  11. mshantz22 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Good call. Should be much better than Vinny.

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