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Martin St. Louis makes emotional return to Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning paid tribute to Martin St. Louis, who made his return to Tampa for the first time since being traded to the New York Rangers.

Rangers' forward played 972 games with Lightning

Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers warms up prior to his first game back at the Amalie Arena against his former team the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning paid tribute to Martin St. Louis on Wednesday night with a short video presentation. The 39-year-old forward was making his return for the first time since being traded to the New York Rangers.

St. Louis evidently appreciated the gesture.

St. Louis played 12-plus seasons with the Lightning and tallied 953 points in 972 games. He still ranks as the team's all-time points leader and was named captain prior to the 2013-14 season. The Laval, QC native was awarded the Hart Trophy in 2003-04, the same season the Lightning went on to capture the Stanley Cup.

Tampa traded St. Louis to the Rangers at the trade deadline last season after a falling out with general manager Steve Yzerman over his exclusion from the initial 25-man roster for Team Canada's entry in the Sochi Olympics. 

St. Louis has recorded eight goals and nine assists in 20 games this season. 

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