Martin St. Louis retires as a champion for the NHL’s little guy
Martin St. Louis is calling it a career today. His accomplishments alone are enough to get him into the Hall of Fame, but when you factor in his diminutive size they become all that more impressive.
Generously listed at 5’8″, MSL played 16 years in the league and captured both the Hart and Lester B. Pearson awards in 2003-04 for MVP honors as voted by the media and his peers. Also on his resume are 3 Lady Byng Trophies, 2 Art Ross scoring titles and 1 Stanley Cup.
MSL had defied the odds with hard work and determination to not only play in the NHL but to thrive. In a league dominated by far bigger men, he is a champion for the little guy. At one time, players between 5’6″ and 5’10” weren’t all that rare. Theo Fleury, Joe Murphy, Pat Lafontaine and Marcel Dionne at one time during the 80’s and 90’s thrived in the league. Now you are hard pressed to find a handful of small guys that can dominate a game. Today almost everyone in the NHL is at least 6′ tall.
Oddly enough, two smaller players that are making some noise in the NHL are on MSL’s former teams. Tyler Johnson in Tampa Bay and Mats Zuccarello in NY have both openly stated their admiration for MSL and how he has inspired them to defy the odds.
Marty walks away from the game a champion in every way. However, one of the lasting impressions he will leave behind is being the hero to all the undersized hockey players in the world today. Here’s to a brilliant career and a great life after hockey.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 2, 2015