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St. Louis driven by Olympic snub (and his kids)

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07:31 AM ET 07.29 | At what was an otherwise cheerful charity event, Martin St. Louis turned serious when up came the subject of the Olympics. Make no mistake about it, St. Louis, 38, is thrilled beyond belief to be among the 47 players who will gather in Calgary in late August for Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Still, the pain of being left off the team that won the gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver stings like an open wound. ... "If I have a chance to play for my country at this stage of my career, I'll do whatever they want. My kids are 10, 8 and 5, and they will remember this event. I take pride in that. My kids are part of everything I do now, and what I get to experience, they get to experience too."

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July 29, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Not sure he will make the final roster, but St Louis is and always has been a class act.

Good on ya, Martin !

July 29, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure he will make the final roster, but St Louis is and always has been a class act.Good on ya, Martin !

+1000000

July 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure he will make the final roster, but St Louis is and always has been a class act.

Good on ya, Martin !

I'm Craig Button and I don't approve this message.

July 29, 2013  09:56 AM ET

".... My kids are part of everything I do now, and what I get to experience, they get to experience too."

Really, Martin? So .... according to you ..... they should put you on the Olympic Team so that your kids can brag to their buddies in school that their ol' man played in the Olympics? That makes sense .... doesn't it? And here I thought it was all about having the best team on the ice that gives a country the best chance to win gold! Stupid me!

July 29, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Martin really pulled out the big guns this time around: "Steve, I'm on your team. You let my buddy Vinny go. I've got kids; you've seen them around the lockerroom, you really want to let them down?" Bet he's got them walking around the Tampa offices with sad faces ("Sell it kids, sell it.").

July 29, 2013  10:51 AM ET

How about them Areri-cans winning the Copa De Oro yesterday in Chicago!!! <I know! I know! This isn't a soccer thread but ... I just needed something to brag about today!> ;-)

July 29, 2013  11:04 AM ET

I remember Stevie Y bringing his 10-year old on the ice one year they won the Cup. Looked like she could care less.

July 29, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm Craig Button and I don't approve this message.

Thank You very little for the reminder !!!!

July 29, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I remember Stevie Y bringing his 10-year old on the ice one year they won the Cup. Looked like she could care less.

Do you suppose Kris Draper's daughter, Kamryn, remembers taking a dump in the Stanley Cup?

July 29, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Do you suppose Kris Draper's daughter, Kamryn, remembers taking a dump in the Stanley Cup?

The song "I've been everywhere man" Fits the Cup.

July 29, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The song "I've been everywhere man" Fits PM's Cup.

fixed

July 29, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

fixed

:0)

July 29, 2013  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thank You very little for the reminder !!!!

You're welcome. I do what I can. :-)

July 29, 2013  05:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure he will make the final roster, but St Louis is and always has been a class act.Good on ya, Martin !

True but has come up a bit short sometimes.

July 29, 2013  05:21 PM ET

he's even less likely to make this squad. sorry marty.

July 29, 2013  05:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

he's even less likely to make this squad. sorry marty.

Agreed and agreed.

July 29, 2013  11:44 PM ET

Big ice. That's the key - The game in Sochi is going to be puck-possession. Marty will do fine - He can handle the dirty areas in the NHL? He can flourish on the international ice-surface.

He is a committed player who, regardless of size or age or other such criteria, is a consummate professional. He doesn't frank around.

He has great speed and vision, and while his too-frequent passing (perhaps in support of his young charge Stamkos) doesn't always net results in the NHL, it's much better suited to the idiosyncrasies of the Olympic (and European) game.

 
July 30, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He has great speed .....

He "used to" have great seed. <fixed>

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