Montreal Canadiens: Martin St-Louis still far from his family

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Martin St-Louis is still uprooted, far from his wife and three boys. Ryan and Lucas, the two oldest, wear the colors of the Fighting Saints of Dubuque in Iowa. Mason, 15, plays for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers, a Connecticut team, and lives at home.

Before signing a three-year contract extension with the Canadiens on June 1, St-Louis had already said that the family aspect represented the biggest obstacle in his profession.

Like the last three months of the last season, he lives alone in downtown Montreal.

“There are many things that have changed for family life. But last year when I took the job, I still had my two youngest at home in Connecticut. This year, only Mason remains. »

“For him, it changes his life a lot. I was there every day with him, coaching his team and being in the tank with him all the time. I would not have seen the older two more often, but I would have been in the daily life at home. It's harder for my wife [Heather] and my youngest than it is for me. Me, I'm busy and I just have one person to take care of. They come to visit me. My wife came to see me for two blocks of seven to ten days in Montreal. Mason came over for a weekend with my wife.

“I don’t have too much time to be bored,” he continued. I would like to see them more often, but the season is going quickly. I can't believe we've already played 50 games. It does not make sense. »

The same profession

Not so long ago, St-Louis was still managing teenagers. Today, he is the coach of the most publicized team in the NHL. But in his eyes, there are not too many changes.

“For responsibilities in hockey, it’s the same thing. I know I was in minor hockey. People can laugh about it. But I was playing on weekends, I was on the ice two or three nights a week, I was watching videos for the team… Now I'm in the same world, but it's more sophisticated. Today, I have guys for the video, I have assistants and several people around me. It's a big challenge, but I stay in the same world. »