Athletes these days routinely are dismissed when they pull out the old “it’s not about the money’’ crutch when explaining a career decision.
Rockford IceHogs center Martin St. Pierre took that money and literally put it where his mouth is.
About $500,000 worth, to be precise.
That’s the amount St. Pierre said he gave up in salary to cut short his season in Russia this year and return to the AHL, with the IceHogs. After 13 exhibition games and 14 regular-season games in Russia, St. Pierre said he decided the career opportunity there just wasn’t what he had expected.
“On the ice, they have their guys they want to play. If they don’t like you, they don’t play you,’’ he said. “Off the ice, the language barrier is hard. You can’t really talk to anybody. All in all, it kind of snowballed. Enough is enough. It kind of makes you realize money isn’t everything."
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