Show Them Marty, Show Them!
The Tampa Bay Lightning retired Marty St. Louis’ #26 on Friday night prior to their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In parts of 13 seasons with the Lighting St. Louis’ was a six time all-star, is the teams all time leader in points, assits, short handed goals, game-winnning, and post season goals.
St. Louis thanked his former coaches, teammates, medical staffs, and friends but nothing was more moving than his tribute to his mom. He went on to thank his his sister for being the first goalie in shootouts and his father for working two jobs to make his dream come true.
Nothing was more endearing then when he began to thank the one person that couldn’t be with him, his mother. Struggling to speak as he was overcome by emotion, he said that she sat up in the Chase Lounge admitting that that she didn’t even know he scored until she heard the Louie-Louie song.
He finished the story saying that his mom would always tell him, ‘show them Marty, show them!’, to which St. Louis proudly said, “well, I think I did!” Immedialty, the crowd rose to their feet delivering a standing ovation and there was nary a dry eye in the house.
It was a touching moment for St. Louis and a special moment for the Lightning franchise. Sometimes it’s tough to remember that the team is only in its infancy playing in just their 24th season. Already with a Stanley Cup and a players’ number hanging in the rafters. You can bet he’ll be joined by many more.
Others To Wear #26 in Lightning history?
The first to wear the number was Matt Hervey during the 1992-1993 campaign. He appeared in 17 games for the Bolts and posted four points, no goals, and had a plus/minus rating of -6.
Chris Lipuma wore the number from 1992-1996 appearing in which he appeared in 64 games. Like Hervey, he did not register a goal but did have nine pioints and a plus/minus rating of -3.
Jay Wells wore the 1996-1997 appearing in 21 games. He did not appear on the score sheet and had a plus/minus of -3.
Mike Sillinger was the last member of the Bolts to wear the #26 prior to St. Louis. He appeared in 121 games from 1998-2000 scoring 27 goals and had 54 points and finished with a plus/minus of -49.
This group combined to appear in 121 games and scored 27 goals, had 67 points, and a plus/minus rating of -61.