The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Martin St. Louis Night, presented by Chase, on Wednesday, November 21 when they take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. The former Bolts captain was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday, November 12.
St. Louis was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 31, 2000, going on to appear in 972 games with the Bolts and serving as captain during the 2013-14 season. He is the franchise's all-time leader for points with 953, assists with 588, game-winning goals with 64 and short-handed goals with 28. He ranks second for games played and goals with 365, as well as third for power-play goals with 96.
St. Louis signs with the Flames as an undrafted free agent after scoring 50 points in 56 games for the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. Prior to signing with the Lumberjacks, the Ottawa Senators offered St. Louis a tryout but released him.
After spending the remainder of the 1997-98 season with the Saint John Flames in the American Hockey League, St. Louis makes his debut with the Flames against the San Jose Sharks.
St. Louis scores his first goal in a 3-1 loss against the Dallas Stars. He goes on to play 13 games in the NHL, spending most of the season in the AHL where he tallied 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 53 games with the Saint John Flames
Tampa Bay Lightning photographer Scott Audette shares his favorite and most memorable images of St. Louis through the years.
Special thanks to Scott Audette, the University of Vermont, NHL.com and Getty Images