Marty St. Louis retires after 16 seasons (with print gallery)

July 2, 2015 - photo frame

Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk called him a many critical chairman in authorization history. Another former captain, Vinny Lecavalier, called him a best teammate he has had. Current Lightning captain Steven Stamkos pronounced no other actor has shabby him more.

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But former teammate Dan Boyle put it best. He pronounced Thursday was “a unhappy day.”

Simple, though true. Marty St. Louis, maybe a biggest actor in a story of a Lightning, late after 16 NHL seasons Thursday. St. Louis, 40, finished his career with a Rangers, though it was his 13 seasons in Tampa Bay that featured a best moments of his career, including a joining MVP prize and a 2004 Stanley Cup win.

“The Lightning classification would not be where it is currently though Marty St. Louis,” Andreychuk said. “I truly trust that.”

In announcing his retirement in a matter released by a Rangers, St. Louis thanked a Lightning and Rangers, former teammates, his family and a fans. He also pronounced he was sanctified for carrying an “amazing ride” in a NHL.

That float featured 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 regular-season games, dual scoring titles, an MVP award, 6 All-Star appearances and 3 Lady Byng trophies, awarded to a league’s many gentlemanly player.

Born in Laval, Quebec, usually outward Montreal, and undrafted out of a University of Vermont, St. Louis started his NHL career in 1998 as a giveaway representative with a Flames. He sealed with a Lightning as a giveaway representative in 2000.

Despite his 5-foot-8 frame, St. Louis went on to turn one of a NHL’s tip players after he assimilated a Lightning. St. Louis became Tampa Bay’s all-time personality in points and assists, and is second in games and goals.

He led a NHL in scoring and won a MVP endowment in 2003-04 when he posted 94 points in 82 games. In a Stanley Cup final that year, his idea in double overtime of Game 6 opposite Calgary forced Game 7, that a Lightning won for a usually championship.

Eight years later, St. Louis won his second scoring title.

In addition, he served as Lightning captain and became a coach to a stream organisation of players.

“He was a man that took me underneath his wing given we was 18 years old,” Stamkos pronounced during this year’s playoffs. “He’s a ultimate competitor, a ultimate professional. we mean, we could go on and on with how good he conducts himself.”

Though famous for his intensity, St. Louis had a opposite side off a ice.

“A lot of people don’t comprehend what a good clarity of amusement he has,” Lecavalier said. “He’s hilarious. And a prankster.”

Said Andreychuk: “That’s true. He’s a man that everybody always wanted to be around.”

St. Louis’ career in Tampa Bay finished in debate after he requested a trade to a Rangers in a center of final deteriorate for family and personal reasons. After going to New York in Mar 2014, he helped a Rangers strech a Stanley Cup final final year — they mislaid to a Kings — and a Eastern Conference final this season, in that they were separated by a Lightning.

He had 52 points in a 2014-15 unchanging deteriorate though usually one idea in a playoffs, and a Rangers done it transparent they were not meddlesome in re-signing a 40-year-old. He substantially could have found another group meddlesome in his services, though he chose to call it quits instead, observant he wanted to be start a new section with his family.

“I consider he could still play if he unequivocally wanted to,” Andreychuk said. “But it would have to have been a ideal situation. It’s too bad. It’s unfortunate. I’m certain it’s a unhappy day for him.

“It’s a unhappy day for all of us.”

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