June 13, 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
Martinsen first played as a youth in his native Norway with Rosenborg IHK before joining GET-ligaen first team club, Lillehammer IK in 2006. As a 17-year old, Martinsen made his first team professional debut with Lillehammer in the 2007–08 season, featuring in 43 games with a promising 20 points. With good size and physical play, Martinsen was hopeful to be selected in the Canadian Hockey League import draft but was passed over. On July 7, 2008, he opted to remain with Lillehammer to continue his development on a year contract. After his second full season with Lillehammer, establishing himself amongst the scoring lines with 23 points in 43 games, Martinsen signed a contract with Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan outfit, Leksands IF on April 9, 2009.
During the 2009–10 season, Martinsen struggled to cement his position within Leksands. Used sparingly through 22 games, Martinsen agreed to leave Sweden to return to Lillehammer on loan for the remainder of the season on December 15, 2009. As a welcome addition to the Lillehammer club, Martinsen immediately contributed to finish the year with 10 points in 14 games. On May 29, 2010, Martinsen was signed to a mutli-year contract to remain with Lillehammer.
Over the next two seasons, Martinsen established himself amongst the club's scoring leaders on a point per game average. In order to progress his career on May 25, 2012, he agreed to his second European venture in signing with German club, Düsseldorfer EG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. In his rookie DEL season in 2012–13, Martinsen secured a checking line role on DEG, contributing with 22 points in 52 games as a 22-year old. After signing for a third season with Düsseldorfer EG, Martinsen recorded a break-out season in 2014–15, using his size and touch to finish third on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 41 points in 55 games. He made his post-season debut with DEG appearing in 12 games with 5 points upon suffering a semi-final loss.
With his breakout performance garnering NHL interest, Martinsen was announced to have signed a one-year, two-way entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on May 15, 2015.
Martinsen was first selected to compete at the international stage as a junior for Norway at the 2007 World Under-18 Championships. Finishing with a Division 1 Bronze medal, Martinsen was a fixture in the Norwegian junior team throughout his junior eligibility. Martinsen made his Senior international debut for Norway as a 20 year-old at the 2010 IIHF World Championships. He has appeared in each World Championships since, marking 6 consecutive Championships as of 2015.
Regular season and playoffs
- "Martinsen continues with LIK" (in Norwegian). gd.no. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "Martinsen to stay with LIK" (in Norwegian). Lillehammer IK. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
- Andreas Martinsen's profile and statistics at DEL.org (German)
- "Spieler-Infos" [Player Info] (in German). Düsseldorfer EG. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
- "DEG binds striker Andreas Martinsen" (in German). Düsseldorfer EG. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Avalanche signs Andreas Martinsen". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
- IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1.
- Andreas Martinsen's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Andreas Martinsen profile at Eurohockey.com
- Andreas Martinsen's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
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