Team Canada made a logical decision in replacing Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos: just get the next best option on the Lightning’s roster. The ice hockey superpower named Lightning captain Martin St. Louis to the team on Thursday.
Many placed St. Louis, 38, at or near the top of Olympic “snub” lists … and with good reason. (Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is also Canada’s general manager, which caused some initial awkwardness when the under-sized winger was left off of the original roster.)
He’s enjoyed a storied NHL career despite going undrafted out of the University of Vermont.
St. Louis (pictured to Stamkos’ right) won the 2013 Art Ross Trophy by leading the league in point scoring during the 2012-13 season, collecting 60 points in 48 games. Stamkos came in second with 57.
He’s been named MVP once, led the league in scoring twice and has been named to six All-Star teams. He helped the Lightning win a Stanley Cup in 2004.
This will be the veteran scorer’s second Olympic appearance, as he was also on the 2006 roster.