St. Louis '97 Honored With Alumni Achievement Award at Catamount Golf Classic
- By Jon Reidel
University of Vermont alumnus and six-time NHL All-Star Martin St. Louis '97 received the UVM Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award on July 16 at the annual Catamount Golf Classic at Vermont National Country Club.
St. Louis, who starred for the Catamounts from 1993-97 and led UVM to its first Frozen Four appearance in 1996, is entering his 14th season in the NHL, where he has established himself as one of the top players in the league during the last 12 seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Thank you so much for this award, it means a lot to me,” said St. Louis. “My four years here were unbelievable. I’d like to thank some of the people who really paved the way for me like Coach (Mike) Gilligan, (Joe) Gervais and (Roger) Grillo when I was here. They really helped to understand what it meant to play hockey, but also how to try and be the best human being you can be. Obviously guys who paved the way that you see in the NHL when you are in college …guys like John LeClair and Aaron Miller I want to thank. When I was in college and saw those guys play in the NHL I was like ‘this is so possible.’ That’s one thing I feel like I can do now is help the guys coming out of Vermont. Guys who come here today know they can make it in the NHL when they come to Vermont.”
The UVM Alumni Association has been awarding the Alumni Achievement Award since 1985 for outstanding achievement that has been recognized at the local, state and/or national level. A total of 36 foursomes participated in the sold-out Catamount Golf Classic, sponsored by the Windjammer in South Burlington, raising $28,115 for the Victory Club scholarship fund in an effort to support the student-athlete experience at Vermont.
“It’s wonderful to have Martin St. Louis back on campus,” said UVM President Thomas Sullivan on his first day on the job. “He’s an embodiment of the great sports programs here at UVM. We’re very happy to honor him today. He represents so much that has been great in athletics at this university, and importantly, what I want to say is how much we appreciate the support that all of you here give to our athletic program. So we’re here to salute and thank Marty first and foremost, but we’re also here to thank all of you for your great support for a terrific university.”
During his career at Vermont, St. Louis was a three-time first team All-American and a three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as national men's hockey player of the year. He concluded his UVM career as the school's all-time leader in points and was the 1997 recipient of the J. Edward Donnelly Award as UVM's top male senior athlete.
After graduating from Vermont with a degree as a double-major in community development and applied economics and consumer and advertising, St. Louis was not drafted, but eventually received an opportunity with the Calgary Flames and was picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2000. St. Louis, who has missed just seven regular season games in the last nine seasons, will enter his 14th NHL season having played in over 900 games and recording over 800 points, over 300 goals and over 500 assists. After being a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy in 2007-08 and 2008-09, he was awarded the honor in 2009–10, a season during which he recorded 12 penalty minutes the entire season.