My Career Change: Martin St. Louis’ Business Path After Hockey
When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to not only drive interaction between athletes and their fans, but also provide other athletes with inspiration on their own career transition, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”
In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former hockey player, Martin St. Louis.
Following his collegiate days at the University of Vermont, St. Louis went on to have a very successful career in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. He was also a two-time member of the Canadian Olympic team in 2006 and 2014 (Gold Medal), as well as on Team Canada’s World Cup winning team in 2004 and a member of Team Canada’s World Championships teams (two-time Silver Medalist).
Prior to the interview with St. Louis, we had the opportunity to chat with him about his life after retirement in 2015. Even though the feeling of retirement has not really sunk in with him, you can tell his brand new venture into the business industry (the same career field he received his collegiate degree in) is something he is very passionate about.
From discussing how his Private Equity company was created with Jeff Hamilton (Yale hockey alum) who runs a youth hockey organization near him, and Keith McCullough who is the Founder and CEO of Hedgeye and a Yale hockey alum, to discussing the foundation of what he described as a “mini Shark Tank,” it is obvious St. Louis is going to be a major success in his new career path.
What sport do you play?
What teams did you play for?
University of Vermont
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Team Canada Olympic Team (2006 and 2014)
Team Canada World Cup Team (2004 World Champion)
Team Canada World Championships (two-time Silver Medalist)
What industry did you change careers to?
How did you get into your new career?
No particular reason. Me and my partner (Jeff Hamilton) were kicking tires around it slowly came to life.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Staying busy during the day. The kids come home and we go to the rink!!
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
Putting it together and raising 1.5 million (roughly).
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Don’t jump into something right away. Take a year to look back on what you have done and prepare yourself for your next move.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
The website is currently in development, but the company name is Seven7. Stay tuned to VIKTRE Careers and we will have more information on it once it is live!