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Sting honour franchise great Steven Stamkos

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The Sarnia Sting raised Steven Stamkos‘ number 91 to the rafters of Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday, celebrating the decorated career of a franchise cornerstone.

After leading the Markham Waxers to an OHL Cup title, the first overall pick of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection burst onto the scene to record 92 points (42-50–92) as a rookie in Sarnia, earning the Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.

Stamkos picked up where he left off to start 2007-08, collecting an eventual 58 goals, 47 assists and 105 points over 61 games while guiding Canada to World Junior gold in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

The Markham, Ont. native wrapped up his two-year OHL career with 197 career regular season points (100-97–197) over 124 contests with an additional 17 points (14-3–17) in 13 playoff appearances.

Stamkos was the first overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft, hearing his name called by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the club he captains now 10 years later.

A five-time NHL All-Star who has over 600 career points in his 10-year NHL career, Steven Stamkos remains a Sarnia Sting franchise great and is among the most talented players to ever compete in the Ontario Hockey League.

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