Canada players wear gold medals around their necks after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey gold medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa, Florida -- Lightning captain Marty St. Louis is headed back to the United States with an Olympic gold medal around his neck.
"I hope I get to see it and touch it," his Lightning teammate Nate Thompson said with a chuckle.
St. Louis helped Team Canada beat Sweden in the championship game of the Sochi Olympics Sunday morning. It's the crowning achievement for any hockey player who has ever played in international competition.
"We couldn't be more happy for him," said Thompson. "The guy's done everything and now he has a gold medal on top of everything else. It's pretty impressive."
Pictures of St. Louis hoisted on teammates shoulders began to circle the Internet shortly after Canada's 3-0 win. Not many of his Lightning teammates have been able to get in touch with their captain yet but the man Marty replaced on the Olympic roster made sure to keep in touch during the Sochi Games.
"I know he was wishing I was there," said Steven Stamkos. "He did everything he could to help that team win and I'm happy for him."
All of the Bolts are thrilled for Marty, who was on the Canadian team that finished sixth in the 2006 Olympics. He was left off of the 2010 roster when Canada won gold in Vancouver.
"You know how crushed he was when he didn't make the team and how excited he was when he finally got the opportunity to go, so he's kind of gone through all of these waves of emotions," said Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper. "You could see [on TV] how genuinely happy he was.
"For him to walk away with a gold and be able to throw that on the mantle beside the Stanley Cup, is a pretty cool thing to show your kids."
St. Louis will rejoin his teammates this week. The Lightning will begin the second half of the NHL season Thursday night in Nashville.
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