Willie O'Ree didn't know he had broken the NHL's color barrier when he made his debut in 1958. Martin Brodeur couldn't see the three Stanley Cup titles and jaw-dropping career ahead when he played his first game in goal for the New Jersey Devils in 1992 and, a year later, Gary Bettman didn't know he would end up growing the league by leaps and bounds over the next 25 years as its commissioner.
Lightning retire St. Louis’ No. 26, first in team history
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have retired Martin St. Louis' uniform No. 26 — the first player in franchise history to receive the honor.
St. Louis was honored in a pregame ceremony Friday night before the Lightning played Columbus.
A key member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, St. Louis holds the franchise record for points (953) and assists (588).
Brad Richards would have been a great Red Wings player, except for the timing.
Had he arrived early in his career, when he worked for the late Bill Davidson, owner of the Pistons who also owned the Tampa Bay Lightning, Richards would have skated with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in his prime, and theirs.
Instead, he played with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, and they won the Stanley Cup in 2004 and helped establish the NHL in...