Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Martin St. Louis is replaces Steven Stamkos on Team Canada for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The team made the announcement one day after they said Steven Stamkos was not medically cleared to participate.
This softens the blow for Bolts fans with Stammer missing the Olympics. He was not medically cleared with his broken leg needing more time to heal. This also gives Stammer more time to rehabilitate before re-joining the Bolts after the Olympic break.
Bolts GM Steve Yzerman, who serves in the same role for Team Canada, created some controversy when he initially left St. Louis -- who finished last season as the NHL's leading scorer -- off the Olympic team last month.
This will be St. Louis's 2nd Olympics; he played for Canada in 2006.
"They called me yesterday... Great opportunity for me. I think if you asked Stamkos who he wants to replace him it would be me. So I'll do the best I can," St. Louis said.
Marty adds it does not matter how he makes the team. He's just happy to participate.
"I'm just glad to get the opportunity," St. Louis said. "I feel like my whole career has been a back-door entrance. This is no different. It's a big opportunity and I'm glad to be there."
Stamkos' opening remarks to reporters Thursday congratulated St. Louis, rather than dwelling on his disappointment.
"I'm very excited for Marty. If there's going to be anyone that deserved a spot on that team everyone in our lockeroom can attest to that. He probably deserved to be on the team since day one, so for him to get that chance now I'm extremely happy for him."
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