11/26/2014 08:51 EST | Updated 01/26/2015 05:59 EST

Martin St. Louis makes emotional return to Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning paid tribute to Martin St. Louis on Wednesday night with a short video presentation. The 39-year-old forward was making his return for the first time since being traded to the New York Rangers.

St. Louis played 12-plus seasons with the Lightning and tallied 953 points in 972 games. He still ranks as the team's all-time points leader and was named captain prior to the 2013-14 season. The Laval, QC native was awarded the Hart Trophy in 2003-04, the same season the Lightning went on to capture the Stanley Cup.

Tampa traded St. Louis to the Rangers at the trade deadline last season after a falling out with general manager Steve Yzerman over his exclusion from the initial 25-man roster for Team Canada's entry in the Sochi Olympics. 

St. Louis has recorded eight goals and nine assists in 20 games this season.