Guelph Storm Captains Reunite With Barys Astana

Both were standouts with the Guelph Storm. They were teammates for two seasons. Both wore the ‘C’ for Guelph in their final Ontario Hockey League seasons. Now, Martin St. Pierre and Kevin Dallman are together again. Dallman is Mr. Kazakhstan, not only playing mostly with Barys Astana since the KHL’s inception in 2008-09, he also plays for their national team on the international stage. St. Pierre has just signed with Astana for the 2015-16 season after playing with Medvescak Zagreb in 2014-15.

Martin St. Pierre

martin st. pierre barys astana khlSt. Pierre played four years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2003-04, all with the Storm. He was undrafted to the OHL and also went undrafted to the NHL. In his second season, he played in the Memorial Cup tournament with Guelph, in as host. In his final season, he got another shot, this time with Guelph getting in the hard way as OHL champs. On both occasions, the Storm came out on the short end.

Over his OHL career, Marty totalled an outstanding 320 points over 257 regular season games on 108 goals and 212 assists. In the playoffs, he continued to shine with 63 points over 46 games.

In that 2003-04 season, the Storm won the OHL championship but went winless at the Memorial Cup tournament held in Kelowna. St. Pierre scored 45 and assisted on 65 for 110 points over 68 regular season games. He finished 2nd for goals and tied for fifth in the OHL for assists with Bryan Rodney of the Kingston Frontenacs. His point total placed him just behind Corey Locke of the Ottawa 67’s and Corey Perry of the London Knights in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy.

He did come out of that final season with some accolades. St. Pierre was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the top overage player in the league. He was also honoured with the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the MVP in the playoffs. Martin was selected as a Third Team All-Star Centre, behind First Team Centre Corey Locke and Second Team Centre Jeff Carter of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. That year, he was teammates with Cam Janssen, a player that has just signed with the Nottingham Panthers of the U.K.’s EIHL.

St. Pierre has played pro hockey since 2004-05 in the AHL, ECHL, NHL, KHL, Finland’s Liiga, Austria’s EBEL and Switzerland’s NLA. In the National Hockey League, he played 39 games between 2005-06 and 2013-14 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

2014-15 for St. Pierre was mostly spent with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL, appearing in 57 regular season games. He joined Lausanne in Switzerland’s National League A at the end of the season for three regular season and one playoff game.

Kevin Dallman

kevin dallman barys astana khl russia hockey cardDallman played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2001-02, all with the Storm. Kevin was an eighth round pick by the Storm at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection, 171st overall. He as team captain in 2001-02 when the Storm hosted the Memorial Cup.

Over his OHL career, the defenseman put up 260 points on 69 goals and 191 assists in 268 regular season games. In the playoffs, he added 23 points in 27 games. Dallman led OHL defensemen in points in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Kevin played 154 games in the league between 2005-06 and 2007-08 with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. Since 2002-03, he has appeared in the AHL, NHL and KHL.

Barys Astana was a charter member in the KHL when the league evolved from the Russia Super League for the 2008-09 season. Kevin mostly has been there right from the beginning. He took a break from the club to play for SKA St. Petersburg in 2012-13 and 2013-14 but returned to Astana for 2014-15 and is under contract through 2016-17.

Over his seven years in the KHL, Dallman has led all defensemen in goal scoring in four of those years and in total points three times. On the international front, Kevin plays for the Kazakhstan National Team.

Barys Astana

As mentioned, Astana has been with the KHL since the league’s inception for the 2008-09 season. They have qualified for the post season each year but have failed to get past the conference semi-finals. In 2014-15, the fell in the conference quarter-finals to Avangard Omsk.

Up until the end of the 2014-15 season, Barys played at the Kazakhstan Arena in Astana, a 5,500 seat venue that opened in 2001. For the 2015-16 season, they move into their brand new digs, the Barys Arena, a 15,000 seat venue that officially opened on August 9, 2015.

Astana is the capital of Kazakstan and is located in the northern portion of the country, closer to the Russian border. The city has a population of around 850,000, making it the second largest city in the country behind Almaty.


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