Alec Martinez

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Alec Martinez
Alec Martinez - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Martinez in 2013.
Born (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 27)
Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shoots Left
NHL team Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 95th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2008–present

Alec Martinez (born July 26, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early life[edit]

Martinez was born in Rochester Hills, Michigan.[1] His paternal grandfather is Spanish American and his paternal grandmother is English Canadian. He spent his early years playing hockey in Northern California for the Santa Clara Blackhawks and San Jose Jr. Sharks. He earned four varsity letters at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills.

He played college hockey while attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Playing career[edit]

He was drafted 95th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft while playing for Miami University. He made his professional debut for the Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) minor league affiliate Manchester Monarchs in 2008. A year later, he was announced to the opening roster for the 2009–10 season with Kings in which he played four games and had no goals and no assists on six shots on goal.

He was sent back down to the Manchester Monarchs for the first 20 games of the 2010–11 season. On November 23, 2010, he was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings to replace the struggling Jake Muzzin. On Wednesday, November 24, Martinez scored his first NHL goal (a power play goal) in 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre against Carey Price.[2] Martinez had his first multi-point game December 4, 2010, including a goal against Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 victory for the Kings.[3] After joining the squad for the 2010-2011 season Martinez earned trust from former Kings coach Terry Murray for solid offensive and defensive play,[4] and that continued after Darryl Sutter replaced Murray in December 2011.

On July 8, 2011, Martinez signed a 2 year contract for $1,475,000 with the Kings. On June 11, 2012, the team won the Stanley Cup.

With the 2012-13 NHL season being threatened by a lockout that ultimately wiped out half the season, on December 31, 2012, Martinez signed with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League.[5] He played with them until the end of the lockout.

Martinez was injured for 10 of the Kings' first 15 games of the 2013-14 NHL season, but wound up returning as a regular on the Kings defense, even contributed to the team's offense. He scored two series winners on the way to the Kings' second Stanley Cup: on June 1, 2014, Martinez scored 5:47 into overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks; and 12 days later, in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers, a shot by Tyler Toffoli which rebounded off goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in double overtime led to another Martinez goal. The goal was scored with 5:17 left in double overtime as he became only the 16th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 58 10 11 21 30 11 1 2 3 8
2005–06 Miami RedHawks CCHA 39 3 8 11 31
2006–07 Miami RedHawks CCHA 42 9 15 24 40
2007–08 Miami RedHawks CCHA 42 9 23 32 42
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 72 8 15 23 42
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 55 7 23 30 26 16 0 3 3 10
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 20 5 11 16 14
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 5 11 16 18 6 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 6 6 12 8 20 1 2 3 8
2012–13 TPS SM-l 11 1 1 2 8
2012–13 Allen Americans CHL 3 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 1 4 5 10 7 0 2 2 8
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 11 11 22 14 26 5 5 10 12
NHL totals 203 23 32 55 52 59 6 10 16 30

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CCHA First Team 2007–08
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2007–08
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2008[7]
NHL
Stanley Cup 2012, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alec Martinez player biography". National Hockey League. 2014-06-07. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canadiens 4, Kings 1". CBS Sports. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Kings 3, Red Wings 2 OT". Los Angeles Kings. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  4. ^ Hammond, Rich (2011-01-11). "Rookie defenseman Martinez earns trust". LAKings insider. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Americans Sign Stanley Cup Winning Defenseman". Allen Americans. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  6. ^ Kings' Martinez again plays hero, scores Cup-winner
  7. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Hunwick
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
2007-08
Succeeded by
Kyle Lawson