Marty St. Louis entered the NHL undrafted, but had a rewarding collegiate career with the University of Vermont. From 1993-1997 he was the star of the Catamounts. He lead Vermont to it’s first Frozen Four in 1996. He was a three time first team All-American and a three time finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. And the end of his college career, he was the school’s all-time points leader. In 1997 he was the recipient of the J. Edward Donnelly Award as the university’s top male senior athlete.
St. Louis still holds the record for points with 267, second all-time in ECAC history. He also leads UVM in assists with 176, and is third in goals with 91.
Marty did have to rip on his Alumni teammate and good friend Tim Thomas a bit by saying,
“There’s one thing I’m disappointed about a little bit, is Tim Thomas beat me to that award. But, you know, maybe if I’d of played for a more Northern team I might have beat him. I thought 2004 was a good year, but I guess you have to put a few together when you’re down South. But rest assured, I will not take a year off next year. I’ll be playing.”
Even though Marty did show a sense of humor, you could tell that he was genuine and appreciative of the honor. He thanked his coaches for letting him realize that he dream of being in the NHL was real. As a fan, I too thank his coaches for their encouragement. Marty is surly an asset both on and off of the ice. He is living proof that you shouldn’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do something, if you put your mind to it and try hard. Marty’s NHL career wasn’t handed to him, and he had to work twice as hard as anyone else to prove himself. He truly is Iron Man Marty.
…and just for the record, he only said the words ‘ya know’ 11 times in his short speech.
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