Why Marty St. Louis Is So Special To The Community In Vermont

by Corey Mansfield

I've expressed my admiration for Marty St. Louis numerous times on this blog. To me, he was the greatest hockey player in University of Vermont history. It took some time but eventually his play translated into an amazing NHL career which will land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame sooner than later.

Last night, the University of Vermont retired his #8 jersey. I was unable to attend the game but many of my facebook friends did, and by all accounts it was a great night.

Martin St. Louis having his #8 jersey retired by UVM (Photo/UVM Athletics)
Marty St. Louis was so special because he had such a great connection with the fans and where he came from. He never forgot that. And even though he grew up in Quebec he was accepted as a Vermonter for everything he accomplished and did for the community.

A few years after he became a Vermont legend and many years before he became a NHL all-star he was just another hockey player trying to make his way to the NHL. He had stops in the AHL and IHL before eventually getting a shot with the Calgary Flames. The criticism of him was always that he was too small at only 5 feet 8 inches tall. His stats in the minors were never gaudy but he was evolving as a professional player. He became tough, durable, and reliable.

No one in Vermont gave up on him...always rooting for him to make it to the NHL. Eventually, he became an NHL player and more. He became an all-star, a MVP, and a Stanley Cup Champion. True to his roots in Vermont he came back to the Stanley Cup to share it with the community that supported him for so long.

Last night, Vermont got to return to the favor...

Thanks Marty for being such a huge part of our community and lives.

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