Martin St. Louis makes emotional return to Tampa
Rangers' forward played 972 games with Lightning
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.
"I was very touched by the ovation. I want to give them the proper thank you, they deserve that." - <a href="https://twitter.com/mstlouis_26">@mstlouis_26</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYR?src=hash">#NYR</a> <a href="http://t.co/vlGCTkAcLP">pic.twitter.com/vlGCTkAcLP</a>—@NYRangers
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.