By Dory LeBlanc
The Team Canada Olympic Hockey rosters were announced Tuesday morning and one Tampa Bay Lightning player will make the trip to Sochi, Russia to represent his country.
Steven Stamkos, who is the league's elite scorer from 2010 until breaking his tibia in November. Stamkos, who has been skating with the Bolts could be replaced if he is not able to participate in the Sochi games, which opens on February 7th. The men's hockey tournament begins on February 12th and runs until the gold medal game on the 23rd, the final night of the XXII Winter Games. In 2010 Stamkos was a reserve member of Team Canada in Vancouver.
Lightning captain Martin St. Louis was "on the bubble" to make the Canadian roster, but Tampa Bay Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman, who is also the Executive Director of Team Canada Hockey did not select the 38 year old right wing. St. Louis was previously a member of the team that won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and played in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but Canada did not medal. He is a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships and led the event in scoring with 15 points, garnishing a tournament all-star nod.
Yzerman said "personally it was a very difficult decision" to leave off a "high caliber player" and "high character person" -- more on that HERE.