New York Rangers, Martin St. Louis
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Martin St. Louis wasn’t a member of the New York Rangers for very long, but his contribution to the team will last a lifetime.

Frank Curto

Former New York Ranger Martin St. Louis will reach the pinnacle of his professional hockey career on Monday when he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

St. Louis came to New York following an uncomfortable situation with his Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman. An issue regarding what St. Louis felt was a loyalty problem between him, Team Canada and Yzerman led to a fallout and eventual trade to the New York Rangers in 2014.

What transpired from that trade is a relationship between player and fan that still stands strong today.

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St. Louis brought his speed, scoring touch and an incredible heart and soul to a team who was looking for an impact player. What they also found was a player who left every ounce of blood and sweat on the ice. He had plenty of great moments in New York, and a few stood out more than others.

St. Louis Reaches 1000th point milestone

St. Louis recorded his 1000th NHL point with a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in November 2014. The Rangers went on to win the game 3-0.

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The Mother’s Day game

In the second round of the 2014 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Rangers were on the brink of elimination down three games to one as the series headed back to Consol Energy Center for game five.

Prior to the game, St. Louis’s mother France passed away. The pro that he was, St. Louis suited up for the game as with the help of his dedicated teammates and the Rangers won 5-1 and eventually take their series four games to three. All in the heart and sleeve of St. Louis.

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2014 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Montreal overtime winner

St. Louis magic continued as he scored the overtime winner against the Montreal Canadiens to give the Rangers three games to one lead.

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The Speech

Martin St. Louis gives the Broadway Hat to the entire New York Rangers team after their Game 6 win over the Penguins. He goes on to say how proud he is to be a New York Ranger.

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St. Louis is worthy of this great honor as his achievements in the NHL perceives itself: a three-time Lady Bing winner, Five-time All-Star, two-time Art Ross winner, 2003-04 Pearson Award winner, 2003-04 NHL Hart Trophy winner, as well as reaching the ultimate goal as a player winning the Stanley Cup In 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

An incredible career which all fans will be able to look back on and see how a true, gritty hockey player got it done.

Congratulations to Martin St. Louis on a great career and deserving accomplishment. New York Rangers fans were able to witness a piece of this hockey stars career, how lucky we were.

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