It would seem as if Team Canada has found a way to overcome in the face of adversity. Yesterday, it was announced that Tampa Bay Lightning F Steven Stamkos would not be medically cleared in enough time to make the trip to Sochi with Team Canada. This left a rather big hole in their offensive line; however, Team Canada has found the perfect replacement; Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis.
This always seemed like the odds on choice for Stamkos’ replacement, but as you know, nothing is ever official until it is confirmed from the source, and we got that this morning on Twitter.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 6, 2014
I think it is safe to say that St. Louis has earned his spot on Team Canada. Most believed that he deserved to be on the roster in the first place.
He leads his team not just in his role as captain, but in all things scoring as well. So far this season, St. Louis has suited up for all 56 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that time, he has scored 25 goals and 29 assists for a total of 54 points to accompany his plus-16 rating.
St. Louis has been on Olympic ice before. He was part of Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino where he scored 2 goals and an assist for a total of 3 points.
The Tampa Bay Lightning captain will certainly be a valuable asset to Team Canada’s arsenal.
Men’s Ice Hockey Competition kicks off on Wednesday, February 12th.