After a sixteen year career that many anticipated would never materialize, Martin St-Louis, the diminutive but highly skillful forward who was undrafted but ended up with 1,032 points in 1,134 career NHL games with Calgary, Tampa Bay and New York, has retired from the Rangers at age 40.
Just 5″8 and 180 pounds, St-Louis took a non-traditional approach for players coming from Québec, heading south to the University of Vermont to begin his amateur career before having a chance taken on him by the Calgary Flames. It was in Tampa Bay, however, where St-Louis shone for 13 seasons, playing in six All-Star Games, winning three Lady Byng Trophies for gentlemanly play, two Art Ross Trophies as league scoring leader, and capping off his landmark 2004 season with the Pearson Award as league MVP chosen by players, the Hart Trophy as league MVP, and the Stanley Cup.
And as a result of his breakout Cup season in 2004, St-Louis got the call to represent his country at that year’s World Cup of Hockey, helping Canada to its first Cup since 1991. St-Louis would represent Canada at two more Olympic Games (2006 and 2014) and World Championships, winning Gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and a pair of Silvers from the 2008 and 2009 Worlds.
St-Louis won his first International Hockey Lineal Championship in the lead-up to the 2004 World Cup, winning the title twice more, en route to both the 2008 Worlds and to Canada’s Olympic Gold at the Sochi Games. We wish Martin and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!