Martin St Louis to replace Steven Stamkos at Sochi 2014

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Hockey Canada have announced that Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St Louis will replace his injured team-mate Steven Stamkos in the Olympic team for Sochi 2014.

St Louis is tied for 16th in the NHL this season in points and will now go to his second Olympics with the Canadian team.

He has not represented his country since the 2009 IIHF World Championships where he scored 15 points in nine games, and this will be his first Olympics since 2006.

Pittsburgh's James Neal, Philadelphia's Claude Giroux and Carolina's Eric Staal were all suitable replacements for the injured Stamkos who was officially ruled out on Thursday morning.

Stamkos broke his leg in a match against the Boston Bruins back in November and had hoped to return in time for the Olympics.

Instead his team captain will be going to Russia in his place and is still a great option for the team who are amongst the favourites to leave with gold medals.

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