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Undrafted Marty St. Louis scored 1,000th NHL point – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 2nd, 2014 by Ian

Undrafted Marty St. Louis scored 1,000th NHL point
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Marty St. Louis of the New York Rangers recently racked up his 1,000th career NHL point, which is quite an achievement for a player who was never drafted. While league general managers were foolishly drafting goon-type players back in the 1990s, the 5-foot-8-inch St. Louis earned a spot on the Calgary Flames roster in 1998 through hard work and skill after leaving the University of Vermont.

The 39-year-old St. Louis entered the Rangers’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 28th with 998 career points to his name in 16 seasons. He picked up an assist during the first period to make it 999 and then scored a goal at 4:14 the mark of the second period to reach the magical 1,000-point barrier. The goal was scored against Flyers’ goaltender Steve Mason in New York’s 3-0 win and came in St. Louis’ 1,082nd career regular-season game. It gave him a total of goals 379 goals along with 621 assists.

St. Louis is the 81st player to reach the milestone and currently the fifth player still active in the NHL to have reached 1,000 points. The others are Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks, Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, and the New Jersey Devils’ Jaromir Jagr. After the game St. Louis of Laval, Quebec, said he’d like to thank everybody who believed in him as well as all of his past and present teammates and coaches.

St. Louis broke into the NHL in the 1998/99 season with Calgary after spending four seasons at the University of Vermont and then toiling in the International Hockey League with the Cleveland Lumberjacks. The winger spent two years between Calgary and their American Hockey League (AHL) farm team the Saint John Flames before signing with the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2000 as a free agent. He was then traded to the Rangers in the 2013/14 season and helped them reach the Stanley Cup final last season.

He led the NHL in scoring in the 2003/04 season as well as the 2012/13 campaign. He also won the Hart Trophy in 2003/04 as the league’s most valuable player and took home the Ted Lindsay Award the same year for being the most outstanding player. In addition, St. Louis was the recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times in a four year-span row as he was honoured with the award in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He played on Tampa Bay’s Stanley-Cup winning team in 2003/04 and also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia with Canada. St. Louis also had 41 goals and 42 assists for 83 points in 88 career playoff games.

There have been five other undrafted players to reach the 1,000-point mark, including Wayne Gretzky, who is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,857 points. The others are Adam Oates with 1,420 points, Peter Stastny at 1,239 points, Dino Ciccarelli with 1,200 points and Joey Mullen at 1,063 points. All five of these players are currently in the Hockey Hall of Fame and there’s a good chance Marty St. Louis will join them in the future.

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