CBS Sports Hockey writer Brian Stubits is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St Louis has been selected to replace his fellow Canadian and Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada’s National Hockey Team as they depart to participate in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
The news first broke on Team Canada’s official Twitter account earlier this morning:
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 6, 2014
Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Wednesday that, after performing a CT scan on Stamkos to assess the progress of his recovery from a broken leg suffered back in November, doctors recommended that he not participate in Olympic activities or game activity of any kind for another 2-3 weeks, whereupon his progress would again be assessed. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, who serves Team Canada in the same role, said at that time that a decision on Stamkos’s replacement would come within 24-48 hours.
For the 38-year-old St. Louis, this will be his first trip to the Winter Olympics, and his selection comes after he was initially left off the roster when the team’s makeup was announced back in January.