Lightning Martin St Louis Olympic Backdoor Entrance

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Martin St Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was named the Olympic replacement for injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada. Many hockey fans are not happy that St Louis was chosen over players such as Claude Giroux, James Neal or Taylor Hall.

St Louis was never drafted by a NHL team and was cut from the Calgary Flames 14 years ago. He was passed over in the 2000 expansion draft before signing with the Lightning as a free agent. He is the oldest player on Team Canada at 38 years of age. He is the shortest at 5'8 and weighs the least at 180 pounds. Who says you have to be young, tall and heavy to be the best at hockey?

St Louis has gone to six all-star games, won three Lady Byng trophies, captured two scoring titles and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2004. He is the highest scoring player in the NHL since the last Olympics with 310 points. "I feel my whole career, how I came into this league, it was kind of a backdoor entrance. This is kind of the same way," he said on being asked to replace Stamkos.

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