Feb 6, 2014, 11:02 AM EST
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.
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.
Mar 7, 2014, 2:35 PM EST
Failed to “turn on the charm,” apparently.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:24 PM EST
More praise for them on Thursday after previously calling them the best team in the NHL.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:58 PM EST
“I thought he was real good.”
Mar 7, 2014, 12:50 PM EST
Hosting the Isles at the Saddledome.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:07 PM EST
Click to see which teams could be most impacted.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:47 AM EST
In related news, Philly leads the NHL in penalty minutes.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:33 AM EST
But Jeff Vinik couldn’t sway him.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
It’s not looking good in DC.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:17 AM EST
Matt Moulson set to make his Minnesota debut.
Mar 7, 2014, 9:45 AM EST
It’s been a rough few days for Mike Gillis.
Mar 7, 2014, 9:07 AM EST
The Capitals have waited a long time for him.
Mar 7, 2014, 8:15 AM EST
That and the rest of the links to start your day.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:34 AM EST
Ugly start for Vancouver vs. Dallas.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:23 AM EST
Worth staying up late for East Coast hockey fans.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:41 AM EST
He did it with style, too.
Mar 6, 2014, 11:32 PM EST
They might want to stay off of Twitter.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:50 PM EST
He should provide commentary to as many Vancouver games as possible.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:38 PM EST
Jhonas Enroth is making the most of his opportunity, to say the least.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EST
This one looks painful.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:06 PM EST
Boston shut them out 3-0 on Thursday.
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- Luongo has Twitter fun at Canucks’ expense 33
- Sabres spoil Callahan’s Lightning debut, Stamkos’ return 6
- Dealing with the Devils: NHL reverses Kovalchuk punishment 47
- Playoff bubble watch — Rangers edition 14
- Video: Emotional day for Martin St. Louis ends in OT loss for Rangers 27
- Video: Caps, Flyers engage in another line brawl 53
- PHT’s 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker 28
- Winners and losers of the 2014 trade deadline 48
- Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers (93)
- BLOCKBUSTER: Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan (82)
- Sabres send Miller, Ott to Blues for package including Halak, Stewart (74)
- Kings make splash, acquire Gaborik from Columbus (72)
- Report: Canucks want center, top prospect and first-rounder for Kesler (68)