Originally published on CBCSports.ca. With files from the Associated Press
Martin St. Louis’ name has been all over the scoresheet lately, and Saturday he wrote his name in the NHL record book: Twice.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper won the Art Ross Trophy for second time by notching a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.
He finishes the season with 60 points, three more than Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos. At 37 years of age, he’s the oldest man to win the trophy and to lead the NHL in scoring.
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins finished third in points with 56, tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Crosby actually led the league by a wide margin before suffering a broken jaw on March 30, forcing him to miss the last 12 games of the regular season.
“I’d trade that for a chance to play in the playoffs any day,” said St. Louis.
When I started out in journalism in 1992, the impact of 24/7 news was still relatively new.
It used to be that news was something you watched or listened to or read at certain times of the day. Your local TV newscast was on at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by a national newscast presented by one of the Big Three networks – ABC, CBS and NBC.
Radio news was hourly during the day. The local newspaper came in the evening. Later, you could watch Canadian national news at 10 on CBC or at 11 on CTV (I don’t remember when Global was scheduled because we never watched it). The local news followed at 11:30. Or you could watch Buffalo local news at 11 to see how North Tonawanda or Lackawanna or Cheektowaga continued to burn, house by house.
If you wanted news outside of these schedules, you were out of luck unless there was a special report that justified the news breaking into your favourite program. But nobody really sought out the news outside of those accepted times – after the local news, you went to bed and forgot about it until the next morning.
They say you’re never given more than the powers-that-be feel you can reasonably handle.
If that’s true, Aaron Armstrong’s shoulders must be 10 feet wide.
During a season of unimaginable highs, the 20-year-old hockey player from Teeswater, Ontario, also faced an unspeakable tragedy that compelled him to lift up 18 teenaged boys and carry them on his back.
Despite that, he – and they – never faltered. And in the end they were all rewarded – Armstrong with a place in the history books, and his protégés with a championship that is helping to heal their broken hearts.
I anchored a weekly sports segment on Sheridan TV in the winter/spring of 2013. Here’s a sample of my work, compiled and submitted for consideration as Most Promising Host for our program awards gala (I won Best Reporter instead).