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Lightning forward St. Louis replaces injured teammate Stamkos on Team Canada

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 11:25 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lightning forward St. Louis replaces injured teammate Stamkos on Team Canada

SOCHI, Russia - Martin St. Louis is going to get a chance to represent his country at a Winter Olympics after all.

Hockey Canada announced today that the 38-year-old Tampa Bay forward will replace injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's men's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

St. Louis was considered one of Canada's most surprising snubs when Canada's team was first announced, along with Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux and Pittsburgh forward James Neal.

The Laval, Que., native led the league in points in the 2012-13 shortened season with 17 goals and 43 assists in 48 games.

He is having another strong campaign in 2013-14 with 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 56 games, good for 11th in the league.

St. Louis has won two World Championship silver medals for Canada over his career, but has never been to the Olympics despite being one of the NHL's most consistent scorers over his career.

Stamkos was ruled out of the Olympics by Lightning doctors on Wednesday, as his broken right tibia has healed from an injury suffered Nov. 11.

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