Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 08/12/13 at 02:37 PM ET
Sportsnet's Luke Fox spoke with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis at Dominic Moore's "Smashfest" charity table tennis tournament, addressing St. Louis' status as both a "snub" for Team Canada's 2010 Olympic team and a non-invite to Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp in Calgary later this month.
Fox found that St. Louis is determined to earn a spot on to the Canadian Olympic team's roster despite his underdog status, and despite still dealing with the disappointment of not making Team Canada's 2010 team cut:
"It was tough. It was one of those disappointments,” St. Louis says, “you feed off it and get better. Keep pushing.”
Push he has. Since the golden snub, St. Louis has won three Lady Byng awards as the league’s most gentlemanly player, has been named to the league second-team all-star squad thrice, and with 60 points in 48 games, beat out teammate Steven Stamkos (15 years his junior) to capture the 2012-13 Art Ross. And yet St. Louis was not nominated as a finalist for the 2013 Hart Trophy.
Sochi represents for St. Louis a chance to wash away Canada’s quarterfinal elimination in Italy, a dream eight years deferred.
“The whole Olympic experience. Being there in the dressing room, looking at who I was next to was incredible. Joe Sakic, (Scott) Niedermayer, Rob Blake – all those guys. It was amazing,” St. Louis says of ’06. A father of three with “young babies at the time,” St. Louis says he didn’t make it out to any other Olympic events in Turin; if it wasn’t game time, it was family time.
It’s hard to imagine Hockey Canada’s executive director, Steve Yzerman, whose day job is GMing the Lightning, not picking St. Louis as one of Canada’s 14[th] forward for Sochi.
“You can debate whether you want the young legs or whether you want the veteran experience,” Yzerman said last month. “There is great value in having that veteran leadership… (but) we’ve got to make room for some of these young players coming in.”
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