St. Louis plays for late mother: "I owed it to her"
No matter how you feel about the way Marty St. Louis forced his departure from Tampa Bay, the former Lightning captain drew compassion around the hockey world Friday night.
St. Louis, 38, took the ice with the Rangers just one day after his mother, France, 63, died, reportedly of the aftereffects of a heart attack. St. Louis, 38, who flew back to his hometown of Montreal Thursday, returned to Pittsburgh Friday to help New York stave off elimination with a 5-1 win over the Penguins.
The Rangers are still down 3-2 heading into Game 6 In New York on Sunday, Mother’s Day.
“She was a great lady, best human being I’ve ever known in my life,” St. Louis told The New York Post. “I owed it to her to do it. I know she would want me to do it. It was a tough day for everyone, but we’re going to keep pushing.”
When St. Louis went back to Montreal, he had the opportunity to see his mother’s body, and talked over the situation with his father, Normand.
“I think he needed that too, me to play,” St. Louis said. “I know he’s proud and I know my mom’s proud now.”
St. Louis’ storied career in Tampa Bay, which included a Stanley Cup and MVP award, came to an awkward ending in early March, when he requested a trade and was moved to the Rangers for captain Ryan Callahan. St. Louis, who has zero points this series, was named the third star of Friday’s game after picking up one shot in 16:19.
“Tonight, we weren’t so much playing for ourselves,” Rangers’ Chris Kreider told the Post, “but we were playing for Marty and for the St. Louis family.”