University of Vermont alum and six-time NHL All-Star Martin St. Louis '97 received the UVM Alumni Achievement Award at the annual Catamount Golf Classic on Monday at the Vermont National Country Club.
St. Louis, who starred for the Catamounts from 1993-97 and led UVM to its first Frozen Four appearance in 1996, is entering his 14th season in the NHL and 12th with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The UVM Alumni Association has been awarding the Alumni Achievement Award since 1985 to alumni for outstanding achievement that has been recognized at the local, state and/or national level. New UVM President Tom Sullivan will present St. Louis with the award.
During his career at Vermont, St. Louis was a three-time first team All-American and a three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as national men's hockey player of the year. He concluded his UVM career as the school's all-time leader in points and was the 1997 recipient of the J. Edward Donnelly Award as UVM's top male senior athlete.
St. Louis led the Catamounts to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and the school's first appearance in the Frozen Four. He was named to the ECAC All-Decade Team for the 1990s and was selected to UVM's All-Time Team, 'The ECAC Years' in 2006.
He finished with a school-record 267 career points, second all-time in ECAC history and is UVM's leader in assists (176) and is third in goals (91).
As a freshman St. Louis was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team as he tallied a UVM rookie-record 36 assists along with 15 goals. He led the Catamounts in points (51) and led ECAC freshmen in points with 31 in 22 league games.
In 1994-95 he led Vermont in scoring for the second straight year with 71 points on 23 goals and a school-record 48 assists. He tied for the league scoring lead with 44 points (15 gls, 29 asts) in 22 contests. The 1994-95 ECAC Player of the Year and a first team All-ECAC selection, he also was named First Team All-American and was a Hobey Baker finalist.
His junior year was one of the best in Vermont hockey history as St. Louis, the team captain, helped lead the Catamounts to the ECAC Regular Season Championship, a bye into the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament and UVM's first trip to the Frozen Four. He totaled 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists in 38 games to set UVM single-season records for points and assists. He repeated as a First-Team All-American, a Hobey Baker finalist and an All-ECAC and All-New England First Team selections.
He was named to the ECAC All-Championship Team, the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team and the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. St. Louis scored both goals in UVM's 2-1 win over Lake Superior State, including the dramatic game-winner with a minute left, that advanced the Catamounts to the Frozen Four in Cincinnati. He recorded a goal and an assist in the 4-3 double-overtime loss to Colorado College in the national semifinals.
He capped his Catamount career in 1996-97 leading UVM to another NCAA appearance and he was named an All-American and picked up All-ECAC and All-New England honors. He was also a Hobey Baker finalist for the third straight season.
After graduating from Vermont with a degree as a double-major in community development and applied economics and consumer and advertising, St. Louis worked towards an NHL career. Although he was not drafted he eventually received an opportunity with the Calgary Flames and then was picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2000. Since joining the Lightning organization his career has flourished and he has built a reputation as one of the hardest working and most respected players in the league.
In 2002-03 he tallied 70 points and led the Lightning to their first Southeast Division title. St. Louis scored the game-winning goal in three straight games against Washington to propel Tampa Bay into the next round and the first playoff series win in club history. The 2002-03 season also marked his first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game.
St. Louis led the NHL in scoring with 94 points in the 2003-04 season. He scored a goal in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, helping Tampa Bay defeat Calgary and win the Stanley Cup in seven games.
Following the season he won both the Hart Memorial Trophy, as the most valuable player to his team, and the Lester B. Pearson Award, as the league MVP voted on by his peers. St. Louis became the first player since Wayne Gretzky and only the eighth in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy, the Stanley Cup, and the Hart Memorial Trophy all in one season. He was also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
St. Louis also played for Team Canada in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which the Canadians won, and also represented his country in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
In 2006-07, St. Louis recorded a personal-best of 102 points (43 gls, 59 asts), but the Lightning were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the New Jersey Devils. Once again he was a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
Prior to the start of the 2007-08 campaign, St. Louis was named an alternate captain of the Lightning. He finished the year with 83 points (25 gls, 58 asts) and ranked second on the team in scoring.
At the end of the 2008–09 season, St. Louis finished the season with 30 goals, 50 assists and 80 points. He led the Tampa Bay Lightning in goals, assists, points, games played, and short handed goals. He was second in plus/minus and power play goals.
After being a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy in 2007-08 and 2008-09, St. Louis was finally awarded the honor in 2009–10, a season during which he recorded 12 penalty minutes the entire season.
This past season, St. Louis finished the year with 74 points (24 gls, 49 asts) in 77 games for the Lightning.
St. Louis, who has missed just seven regular season games in the last nine seasons, will enter his 14th NHL season having played in over 900 games and recording over 800 points, over 300 goals and over 500 assists.
---Courtesy University of Vermont Sports Information
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