Here’s what Team Canada coach Mike Babcock had to say about adding Martin St. Louis for the injured Steven Stamkos.
“I feel bad for Stammer. He’s one of the best players in the NHL. I love watching him play. High-powered kid, is really learning how to play the game 200 feet. He would have been a real asset. In saying that, St. Louis has had a great year, had four great years since the last Olympics. It was really hard decisions.
“He goes in as a group of one of 14 and then he’s got to carve out whatever he can carve out for himself, just like the rest of the guys. We’re thrilled to have him. He’s ultra-competitive. He’s a dynamic player, he scores, but he’s tenacious. He’s on the puck, he plays high-octane speed, he can play on your power play, even strength, on the penalty kill if we needed him. But I think he’s a competitor. When I talked to (John Tortorella) about him he said the two most competitive players he ever coached were (Henrik) Lundqvist and him.”