The change was announced via twitter in the evening Sochi time.
Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 06, 2014
Stamkos broke a bone in his leg in November and despite a seemingly quick recovery, just won’t be ready in time.
Martin St-Louis’ last Olympic hockey competition was Turin 2006 where Canada finished seventh. He is having a strong NHL season, with 25 goals and 26 assists as of the announcement. In December, Team Canada Executive Director Steve Yzerman said the decision to originally leave St-Louis off the team was difficult. Especially given the relationship he has with the veteran.
Canada’s first game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome will be Thursday, February 13th versus Norway.