After dipping his toes into the executive waters with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2019, former NHL star Martin St. Louis is looking to make a return to the NHL, this time as an NHL head coach.
St. Louis said during an interview on the Max & Bruno program that, in a few years, he’d like to become a coach. He wants to spend a little more time with his kids before making the jump, but he’s thinking that time is not too far down the road.
He said (English translation):
“I can’t wait for this next step. In the past five years, being able to be present for my children in their development is time that I will never be able to take back. If I get into this right away, I’m going to waste time with my kids so I want to be patient, but within three years, I see myself going back to hockey.”
Where he tries to get into the coaching game and with what team is unclear. The Blue Jackets didn’t extend his deal because of the part-time nature of his role with the team, but he may still have an opening there. Or, having spent time with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lighting, perhaps there are contacts there that could see him get his first taste of NHL coaching as an assistant.
St. Louis was an undrafted player who ended up playing over 1,000 games and scoring 1,000 points in an NHL career that began with the Calgary Flames in 1998. He certainly would have a lot to offer as a coach.
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