St. Louis Passing Orr Is No Small Achievement
Martin St. Louis is at a point in his hockey career where very few have tread. He is in the process of cementing his NHL legacy to greatness. St. Louis’ goal and assist in last night’s 7-2 drubbing of the Panthers moved him passed NHL icon Bobby Orr into 94th place on the all-time NHL scoring list. The Lightning captain has 917 points in his 983 game career. Yes, BOBBY ORR, the hockey God, who is thought of by many as the greatest player of all-time. (Photo/Susan Ferlita)
The forever humble St. Louis, when asked about the achievement said, “We all know if Bobby was healthier nobody would’ve had a chance to catch him.”
St. Louis is the living definition of beating the odds.
Over half of all NHL players play less than 100 games during their career and for five percent of players, their first game is also their last. Only four percent of players skate in more than 1,000 games, an achievement St. Louis will accomplish this season. On average, NHL players play between five and six seasons in the league.
The 38 year old, diminutive, 14 year, undrafted winger has crafted a Hall of Fame NHL career. Last year’s Art Ross Trophy winning campaign was the second best season for a 37 year old player in the history of the league. Only Mario Lemieux‘s 2002-03, 1.358 points per game season was better than St. Louis 2012-13, 1.250 points per game season.
While it’s easy to take for granted what St. Louis does game in and game out, the next time you watch him play, take a moment and picture him standing with the likes of NHL Mount Rushmore faces Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr and others.
We’re all watching greatness unfolding right before our eyes.
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