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Marty’s moment: St. Louis to replace Stamkos on Canadian Olympic team

Feb 6, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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Nearly a month after being passed over for the Canadian Olympic team, Martin St. Louis is headed to Sochi.

On Thursday, Hockey Canada announced the 38-year-old veteran would be replacing the injured Steve Stamkos on the Canadian team headed to the Winter Olympics. It’ll mark St. Louis’ first Olympic appearance since suiting up in Turin in 2006 (he was named as a standby for the ’10 team in Vancouver.)

“It’s well-deserved,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said, per the Toronto Sun. “Marty has to be at the top of the list (to replace Stamkos). He was in my book.”

St. Louis has been on fire since first being omitted from the Canadian squad last month. He had eight goals and 15 points in 15 games during the month of January, highlighted by a four-goal performance against San Jose on Jan. 18.

MORE: Olympic hockey coverage at NBCOlympics.com

With the announcement, St. Louis becomes the oldest player on the Canadian roster, a title previously held by 34-year-old Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. Being the oldest guy at the party is nothing new for St. Louis, though, as he became the oldest scoring champion and Art Ross winner in NHL history last season when he scored 60 points in 48 games — at the age of 37.

“I’m just happy to be getting the opportunity,” St. Louis said upon learning he’d made the team.

Stamkos was ruled out of action yesterday after the Lightning’s medical staff declared his broken leg wasn’t fully healed. Canada opens up the Olympic tournament on Feb. 13 with a game against Norway.

  1. storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Surprised he didn’t turn it down. Phil Esposito mentioned yesterday that St. Louis planned a nice vacation with his family instead. I’m not sure of the details of the vacation but I think I would have put family ahead of country. To each their own.

    • downwithbettman - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      He will be putting his family first when he makes them stay home. A lot of players are telling their families to stay home for their own safety.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        O.k, Spin Meister.

    • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      I hope they stop sending NHL players to the Olympics. Many of us can begin enjoying the NHL season without interruption and without side conversations that helps NHL teams in no way possible.

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I have been saying this for years.

      • 7mantel - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Totally agree ,keep the pro’s out of the Olympics altogether ! I’m 60 and never missed watching the Olympics and yelling about the Red Army team being paid hockey players .When they lost to Team USA it made it that more sweeter !

      • dilligaf101 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Pull your heads out of your a&&… There is no more Russian red army team… If you want to go watch mediocre hockey just put on a Minnesota Wild game! No need to stop the best hockey games in the world hoping some “dream team” emerges… Next thing your all going to want to take the good looking broads out of my porn videos because the ugly ones have to “work harder for it”

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        @dilligaf101 Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit. The Olympics before the pro’s started were made up of college kids and whatnot,but in Russia they were born and bred to play hockey.

      • 7mantel - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        @ theageofquarrel it’s hard to have a decent sport conversation with people on this site . There are so many immature guys it’s scary ! Maybe someday dillgaf101 and others like him will grow up!

      • dilligaf101 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Pull your heads out of your a&&… There is no more Russian red army team… If you want to go watch mediocre hockey just put on a Minnesota Wild game! No need to stop the best hockey games in the world hoping some “dream team” emerges… Next thing your all going to want to take the good looking broads out of my porn videos because the ugly ones have to “work harder for it”

        And for the morons responding to me… I realize that they were college kids etc playing, but back then the Russians were not playing in the NHL… So besides a few khl players ( Kovalchuck and radulov ) you have an Olympic college/junior hockey game, sprinkled in with a few NHL vets… That’s nothing but jaw dropping hockey!! That is sarcasm by the way… Apparently I have to explain everything to you…

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        So you are discounting what those teams did before the pro’s got involved as mere boring hockey?
        If so, you are dumber than what we thought.

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        I retract my last statement.
        You are completely right, it was mediocre hockey before NHL players got involved.
        So you win the Internet today. Enjoy!!!!

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        “mature individuals who are driven athletes, especially those with a ticking clock of a career, don’t turn things like this down to sit on a beach.”

        * Driven athlete, gets injured and misses his chance to win the Stanley Cup
        * Driven athlete, gets career ending injury.
        * Driven athlete, gets career altering injury. By the time they sign their next contract, he signs for the league minimum because he wasn’t the player he was before the injury.

        No, his responsibility to himself (and to his family) is to maximize his $ during his ticking clock of a career.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Aack, disregard the last comment. I replied to the wrong conversation.

    • nunan - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Nonsense..

    • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Said like someone who’s never had the chance to go to the Olympics and try and win gold for his country.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        No, but I served my countries in other ways countless times. Family always came first, though.

        Thanks for trying, Slick.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        “country”

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        With that said, the way I served was more important than “winning gold”. Thanks for making me laugh today and reminding me the human race is what it is.

    • wingsdjy - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      To be fair, you have no idea how the conversation went. It could be that his family encouraged him to take this opportunity. He can always plan more family vacations; he probably won’t be invited to any more Olympics.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        “I’m not sure of the details of the vacation but I think I would have put family ahead of country. To each their own.”

        I could have worded that differently, but you are right. With that said, my comments come from a place of “I’m 37 years old, I don’t really give a crap about the Olympics like I did when I was a kid so I’m so sick of hearing about these poor millionaires going to the Olympics” mentality. To each their own. I rather college kids and amateurs go.

    • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      thats stupid. this is where my dad would say something about cutting your nose off to spite your face, or something.

      mature individuals who are driven athletes, especially those with a ticking clock of a career, don’t turn things like this down to sit on a beach.

      family is gonna love watching dad play in the olympics.

      • storminator16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        “mature individuals who are driven athletes, especially those with a ticking clock of a career, don’t turn things like this down to sit on a beach.”

        * Driven athlete, gets injured and misses his chance to win the Stanley Cup
        * Driven athlete, gets career ending injury.
        * Driven athlete, gets career altering injury. By the time they sign their next contract, he signs for the league minimum because he wasn’t the player he was before the injury.

        No, his responsibility to himself (and to his family) is to maximize his $ during his ticking clock of a career.

  2. gotstamkos - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Yuuuuuuuuuup! Good call. You did the right thing. Now let the games begin!! Go Canada!

  3. jaybaileys - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Good for Marty, most deserving guy.

  4. downwithbettman - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Should’ve been on the team to begin with.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Agreed, and I think this may have been the plan all along. Yzerman knew where Stamkos was in his rehab, knew he wouldn’t make it and has the perfect fall back position going to St. Louis. Now, if Crosby has class, he’ll cede the captaincy to St. Louis.

  5. btlpper68 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I wana show you something it’s my shocked face

  6. hockey412 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Good choice – hopefully this helps to repair any bad feelings between St. Louis and Yzerman also.

  7. everyonesuksbutme - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    That sucks….yyzerwoman is a moron…The advantage of not having giroux go to the games is that he will be rested….CROSBY sucks???as a canadian I am ashamed that he is captain???should have been toews!

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Actually…You are?…the one who???….sucks!

    • gotstamkos - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Guess I know where my thumbs down came from. and what are you smoking??

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        judging by the sentence structure, peyote.

    • dueman - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      everyonesuksbutme – As a Canadian, I’m embarrassed that you are a Canadian.

  8. jpdoc26 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Those crying for Giroux…they have the same amount of points and Marty plays wing. That’s that.

    • pfhockey - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Marty also plays in every situation and is one of the top players in takeaways this year. He has all of the tools.

  9. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    One more shot to prove himself one of the greats.

  10. jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    i wonder if he had told marty he was 1st runner up if someone goes down…to kind of lessen the blow when the original roster was announced? not a big surprise probably for anyone involved in the decision making i would bet. congrats to st louis

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    No surprise here. Marty is the type guy every team can use no matter how ‘old’ that player is. Now as a Flyers’ fan, I hope that G carries a bigger chip on his shoulder.

  12. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see if St. Louis ends up as the just the 14th forward (not dressing) or if he actually plays. Kunitz-Crosby-St. Louis would be fun to watch…

    • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      I’ve been saying this for months. everybody wonders why its hard to get a line mate for crosby, its because they keep picking the wrong guys.

      he doesn’t need a “sniper” he needs fast and tenacious players because thats how he plays the game. kunitz will knock pucks loose and bury them. st. louis and crosby would create havoc with speed, board work, tenacity, playmaking, goal scoring.

      it could be a very dangerous line.

  13. penvik - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Canadian team is looking more like it should have. Remove Carter or Nash and add Neal & Giroux, would be perfect. Love the Flyers fan with the name everyonesucksbutme. Fit right in with the Flyers fan base lololol

    • xdj511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Okay, I’ll bite. Just to see if I get a rational response. Why do you think Nash should be removed? He is one of the hottest goal scorers in the league right now. He just finished a tear where he had 11 goals in 11 games.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        what of he goes as ice cold as he was most of the year?

        i hate giroux but his slump was never that bad. his deal is he had a terrible start and didn’t even show for orientation camp.

        neal is scoring over a point per game 43 points in 36 games, and brings more than nash. good forechecker, faster, better shot and one timer.

  14. patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    EFFIN’ A!

    Go, Marty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. stepanup - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    My guess would be Sharp-Toews-St Louis. The styles seem to mesh from an outside perspective, and I’d want nothing to do with that line as any of their opponents.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      you think a reservist bumps a guy from the original selection process? i think he’s 13th or 14th still. doesnt mean he wont play the 2nd or 3rd game though.

    • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Seems to me they replaced Stamkos with what they thought was the best player to fit in the spot voided by Stamkos’ removal. Stamkos was a top six on TC and they replaced him with another player who can be a top six and could be a good fit with Kunitz & Crosby. The players we chosen based on the attributes and characteristics need to win, as opposed to an all star team. And that means having the proper line combinations. I think the fates of the bottom six and reservist where decided during the selection process, and none will be bumped up to the top six category. I believe that’s how Babcock is going to start the first practice on Monday. There are three open spots on the top three lines. Who will end up in those positions when the dust settles will depend on practices and the first and second games. Same for the goalies. We’re not going to see too many tests being performed after game 2 for sure.

  16. garryklam - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    St. Louis played in Torino not Nagano

    Lots of options to take Stamkos’ spot but this was an obvious first choice.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      2006 was in Turin, yes.

  17. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Now the bum from Philly can play all the beer-pong he wants.

  18. marino57 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    It’s about time

  19. andyp03 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    uh, weren’t the ’06 games in Torino?

    Also, GO USA!!

  20. andyreidisfat - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    If I were giroux I would at this point tell canada to go f it self and become and American and play for us :)

  21. frankiesweep - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Everyone loves sloppy seconds.

  22. kastout11 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    It doesn’t matter. Cananda will not win the gold anyway. The American team has better goaltending and will play a better team game.

  23. micasa81 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I really want this guy to win gold. Though I understand most of you here would have a slight problem with that outcome.

  24. mfinneran - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Well deserved congrat’s.

  25. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    No problem with St Louis. He should have been on originally. But there are a lot of others that Giroux should have been picked over.

  26. har21441 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    LOL giroux

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