August 29, 2013

Same Old Martin St. Louis

They keep saying the NHL is a young players league. Tell that to Martin St. Louis.

In 2012-13 not only did Martin St. Louis become the oldest player (age 37) to ever lead the National Hockey League in scoring, but he also set a new standard for the most years between Art Ross trophy wins, at nine.

St. Louis won his first scoring championship back in 2004. He finished last with 17 goals and 43 assists, good for a total of 60 points in the lockout-shortened campaign.

The previous record for most years between Art Ross wins belonged to Gordie Howe and Boom Boom Geoffrion at 6. Howe, who won it a total of six times, won it in 1957 and 1963. Geoffrion won it twice, in 1955 and 1961.

Bobby Orr won two Art Ross trophies, spread 5 years apart (1970, 1975). Bobby Hull won 3 titles, including 2 in a 4 year span (1962, 1966). Evgeni Malkin, Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux and even Wayne Gretzky won scoring championships three years apart.

By the way, the previous record for the oldest player to lead the league in scoring was Bill Cook of the New York Rangers. He was 36 years of age when he won the title back during the 1932-33 season.

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