Well, hockey fans knew this day was coming soon, but now it is official as Martin St. Louis has announced his retirement at the age of 40.
St. Louis played a little less than a year and a half with the Rangers, coming over at the trade deadline on March 6th, 2014. However, St. Louis had a much greater impact that some may have expected with his short stint with the Rangers. St. Louis was an integral part in the 2013-2014 New York Rangers Stanley Cup Finals appearance, as St. Louis scored big playoff goals including the Game 4 overtime winner against the Montreal Canadiens and the Game 4 winner against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.
Fans will remember St. Louis for his passion for New York as he demanded to be traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning, saying he would only come to the New York Rangers. That kind of passion to play for one franchise is lost in the current climate as many athletes, especially superstar athletes seem to go off to the team that can pay them the most money. St. Louis connected with Rangers fans in a special way after the passing of his mother during last May’s Eastern Semifinals series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
St. Louis played with a heavy heart and inspired the Rangers with his Mother’s Day Goal in Game 6 and his leadership throughout the postseason. After Game 6 where St. Louis got the Broadway Hat, he gave his famous post game speech where he said ” I couldn’t be prouder to be a F***in New York Ranger”. The passion that Martin has had for the Rangers is truly remarkable.
Hopefully, St. Louis will continue to stay close to the Rangers and maybe one day work for the team in some capacity. One thing is for sure, he will be fondly remembered by all Rangers fans for his big heart. Although St. Louis was not very productive this season or postseason, he was an assistant captain and provided veteran leadership and gave it all he had each night on the ice.
A guy who gave 100 percent effort, was a leader on and off the ice, and wanted to be a Ranger. What more could you ask for Rangers fans? Have a great retirement Martin St. Louis, thanks for unforgettable memories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfpNJ62qJwI : Game 4 Goal vs Montreal Canadiens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aACRE1f-oJE: Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Winner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWnItBX_WsY: 1,000th Point Ceremony at Madison Square Garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm0BJ6HnYCU: Game 6 Mother’s Day Goal vs Pittsburgh Penguins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OySjjXXogLE: Game 4 Goal vs Tampa Bay Lightning, Last Goal In St. Louis’s Career