Canada picks St. Louis to replace injured Stamkos

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Canada's Olympic hockey team has picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning forward to replace an injured one.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Martin St. Louis is on the roster for the Sochi games to replace Steven Stamkos.

Doctors ruled out Stamkos on Wednesday because he hasn't recovered sufficiently from a broken right leg.

Stamkos has been practicing and hoped to play for the Lightning on Saturday night against Detroit in their final game before the Olympic break. He had 14 goals and nine assists in 17 games this season.

Steve Yzerman, the Canadians' executive director and Tampa Bay's general manager, chose St. Louis over Philadelphia's Claude Giroux and Pittsburgh's James Neal.

St. Louis had 54 points in 56 games, entering Thursday night's game against Toronto.