The majority of articles posted here at Blue Line Station are generally about the New York Rangers, but we feel that is a news story that we should definitely touch on.
After being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, former captain Vincent Lecavalier signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. After that event, fans started to wonder who would be their next captain. The choice was quite obvious, but people pondered the possibilities anyway.
After a long summer of debate and talk, the Lightning announced yesterday that forward Martin St. Louis will become the ninth captain in franchise history. This is a great choice for them considering St. Louis is one of the greatest and classiest players to ever play this game, and he is well deserving of the “C.”
St. Louis at 38 years of age has spent the last 12 seasons down in the Sunshine State, and he is the only player remaining from the group that won the Stanley Cup back in 2003-04. He is coming off a season where he became the oldest player in NHL history to lead the league in scoring.
Here is what coach Jon Cooper said in a statement:
Our discussions regarding a new captain began in June and we’re very excited to make this announcement tonight. Marty embodies everything a captain should be. The captaincy is one of the highest honors in hockey and Marty is well-deserving. We have a great group of leaders on this team and I’m sure Marty will receive plenty of support moving forward.
St. Louis leads the Lightning in all-time points (892), assists (556) and shorthanded goals (28). He is second in games played (910), goals (336), power-play goals (87) and game-winning goals (59). He won the Hart Trophy which is given to Most Valuable Player in the championship season of 2003-04, he is a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer and a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, which is given for skillful and gentlemanly play.
St. Louis will sport the Captain’s patch for the first time tomorrow night when the Lightning open their season on the road against the Boston Bruins.
“I don’t think it’s a different pressure. It’s the same pressure. I want to help my team win,” St. Louis said.