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rocketlives 04-09-2004 12:59 PM

Kudos to Martin St-Louis
 
Martin St-Louis was born in Ste Dorothée Laval in 1975, one year before I moved there. Ste-Dorothée, before the merger of all Laval municipalities several years ago, used to be a small village located on the south western part of Ile Jésus, just across the river from Pierrefonds.

Martin St-Louis was a 16 year old midget AAA player for the Laval-Laurentides Regents when he dominated the Midget AAA league scoring 29 goals and getting 74 assists for 103 points in 42 games. It was good enough to give him the Sylvain Turgeon trophy awarded to the best scorer of the league.

After that he played 4 years for the Catamounts of University of Vermont where in 1985-86 he scored 29 goals and added 56 assists for 85 points in only 35 games. Whenever I watch the news on WCAX Burlington channel 3, the lady who cover sports there, Shawna Lidsky, always mentions it when Martin scores a goal in a Lightning game. They're all very proud of him in Vermount.

In 1993 when, at 18, he was eligible to be drafted by an NHL team, no team selected him probably because of his small size 5'9" 165lbs. The Habs, that year, picked Saku Koivu, Rory Fitzpatrick, Sebastien Bordeleau, Adam Weisel, Jean-François Houle (the boss' son) Jeff Lank, Dion Darling, Darcy Tucker, David Ruhly, Alan Letang, Alexandre Duchesne, Brian Larochelle and Russell Guzior but no Martin St-Louis.

Martin St-Louis was signed as a free agent by Calgary on February 19 1998. For Calgary he scored only 4 goals and added 16 assists in 69 games over 2 seasons during which he was sent down twice to the St John Flames in the AHL where, by the way, in 1998-99 he scored 28 goals and added 34 assists for 62 points in 53 games.

On July 31st 2000, at the age of 25, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning and we know the rest. This year he already has the Art Ross trophy and probably will also get the Hart trophy. Martin St-Louis is the first non-drafted player to win a scoring championship in the NHL since the universal draft was initiated in the early sixties.

Congratulations Martin St-Louis. We're all very proud of you in Ste Dorothée, Quebec. Too bad nobody in the Montreal Canadiens organization noticed your grit and the impressive stats you obtained everywhere you played hockey on a regular basis.

Natural Habs Fan 04-09-2004 01:10 PM

The thing is, if he came to Montreal he'd of flopped. Something lit his fire in Tampa Bay. Was it coaching? Lecavalier? The weather?

But he does deserve congratulations. He reminds me of Theo Fleury without the temper. Hopefully he'll help pave the way for more "small" players to excell in the NHL.

Kovalev Is A Hab 04-09-2004 01:15 PM

I love watching this guy, his speed and shiftiness is tremendously fun to watch.

Brisson11 04-09-2004 01:48 PM

TB plays St. Louis' style, their all about offence. He needs open ice like that to imerge into his natural self


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