Mar 5, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) skates with the puck during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Happy Birthday to Tampa Bay Lightning RW Martin St. Louis!

June 18th, 1975 could possibly be one of the most important dates within the Bolts Nation. This is the day that Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis was born.

Martin St. Louis has long been regarded as the heart and soul of the Lightning organization. With his commitment, leadership, and undeniable top notch performance, he is a shining example to the younger generation of Lightning players.

The Laval, Quebec native was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning as Free Agent on July 31, 2000.

During the regular season, St. Louis found the back of the opposing team’s net 17 times and had a NHL leading 43 assists for a total of 60 points.

Those 60 points put Marty at the top of the NHL scoring race, just in front of Lightning center Steven Stamkos, and earned him the Art Ross Trophy.

This season, St. Louis spent a riveting total of 14 minutes in the penalty box. Keeping his low infractions in mind, and taking into account his tremendous level of play this season, it is no surprise that St. Louis walked away with the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

This is the third time that Marty has been awarded this honor in the last four years. He also won the award in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

We here at Bolts By The Bay would like to wish Martin St. Louis a very Happy Birthday! Hopefully, the heart and soul of the team will have many more birthdays to come in a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey.


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