The only goal that Marty St. Louis hasn't been able to score is capturing an Olympic medal. That dream has appeared to end for St. Louis, who was snubbed today by his own general manager.
St. Louis is left off Team Canada by Steve Yzerman, who is also the general manager for the Canadian Olympic team.
It's the second straight time that Yzerman has passed over St. Louis, who was a reserve in 2010.
St. Louis is 25th in the league right now in points after finishing last year as the NHL's top scorer.
St. Louis is out, but Steven Stamkos is in, along with six of his other Lightning teammates. Stamkos is on the team despite the fact that he still is recovering from a broken leg.
"If he's healthy, he's one of the 25 best players, obviously, in Canada," Yzerman said.
Stamkos has been working hard on and off the ice in case he gets the medical clearance to play in the games in February.
While he's excited for the opportunity, he told reporters in Winnipeg (where the Lightning are getting ready to play tonight) that it's tough not knowing if he'll be able to go, and also knowing how much this meant to his good friend and teammate.
"I don't know what more you can do or expect from him to be able to make the team,'' Stamkos said. "It's tough to see Marty as upset as he was.''
Other Lightning teammates and coaches echo the disappointment.
"He's a human, so I don't care if he's one year in the league or 20 years in the league, I'm sure he's extremely disappointed, as we all are," said Cooper. "Knowing Marty, this is probably going to motivate the snot out of him."
St. Louis did not speak with the media following the announcement.
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