Date of Birth:  June 18, 1975
 Place of Birth: Laval, QC
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
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 Height:  5'9"
 Weight: 185 lbs

Diminutive Tampa forward Martin St. Louis is used to the doubters who have told him his entire life he was too small to become a professional hockey player. Fortunately for Team Canada, he's one of those rare people who have the ability to turn all the negativity levelled at him into something positive.

After failing to attract interest from the NHL as a high-scoring teenager in Quebec, St. Louis opted to attend the University of Vermont. In his four college seasons he was selected as a finalist three times for the Hobey Baker Trophy, awarded to the NCAA's top hockey player. And although he never won the award, he never let it get him down as he continued to strive to get better.

Once he graduated after the 1996-97 season, there was still no interest from the NHL, leading to a brief stint with Cleveland in the IHL.

In 1998, the Calgary Flames took a flyer on St. Louis, signing him to a free-agent deal. Over the next three seasons, the gifted young sniper would spend most of his time bouncing back and forth between Calgary and their AHL affiliate in Saint John.

Prior to the 2000-01 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning would become the second NHL club to give St. Louis a chance, signing him to a modest deal. It would turn out to be one of the great building block moves that would result in a Stanley Cup just four years later.

In his first two seasons with the Lightning, St. Louis would show signs of things to come, but it wasn't until his breakout year in 2002-03 that all the critics would finally be proven wrong. Despite his tiny frame, St. Louis finished the season with 33 goals and 37 assists. His great play even earned him a spot on the mid-season All-Star team.

However, it was during the Stanley Cup season in 2003-04 that St. Louis truly made his mark. With 38 goals and 56 helpers for 94 points, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top point-getter, as well as the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP, and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the MVP voted on by his peers.

St. Louis would join Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey later that year, where he would notch four points en route to the gold medal. And despite his numbers being a bit off in 2005-06, there was no way St. Louis' mammoth heart and soul were not going to be a part of the Turin team in 2006.




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