Martin Houle

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Martin Houle
Born (1985-02-12) February 12, 1985 (age 30)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 232nd overall, 2004
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2005–2011

Martin G. Houle (born February 12, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played one game in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2006–07 season.

Playing career[edit]

Houle started his career by playing junior hockey for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL from 2001 to 2005. Despite a rough start, he ended the 2003-04 season ranked second in the league with 34 wins and a 2.32 GAA. He was also named QMJHL Goalie of the Year and was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers 232nd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Despite the low pick, the organization was really excited about drafting him. He proved their trust was correctly placed when he was named QMJHL Defensive Player of the Year and finished 7th in the QMJHL in wins (26) and 5th in GAA (2.51) the following year.

Following his senior season in the QMJHL, he attended Flyers training camp, but was reassigned to the Trenton Titans of the ECHL at the close of the Philadelphia Phantoms training camp. Houle had played seven straight games for the Titans after Scott Stirling was traded to the San Antonio Rampage. In those seven games, he managed to put together the sixth best goals against average in the ECHL.

The Phantoms liked what they saw in him and decided to switch him with Rejean Beauchemin, who was struggling early in the season. At the AHL level, Houle excelled. However, the test truly came when Jamie Storr was called up to be backup goalie for Antero Niittymäki while Robert Esche was on the injury list. With Storr in the NHL, Houle became the starting goalie and retained this for the rest of the season.

Scheduled to be a restricted free agent following the 2007-08 season, Houle became an unrestricted free agent when the Flyers didn't extend him a qualifying offer. Houle eventually signed with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, but after three games and recording a 1-2-0 record with a 3.03 GAA, Houle was traded to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 1 1 0 0 38 0 0 0.00 1.000
2002–03 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 30 4 18 3 1450 98 0 4.06 .895
2003–04 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 51 34 15 1 2951 114 3 2.32 .921
2004–05 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 56 26 18 5 3108 130 6 2.51 .911
2005–06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 40 18 18 1 2153 91 2 2.54 .914
2005–06 Trenton Titans ECHL 7 4 3 0 429 15 1 2.10 .935
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 38 12 17 2 1879 104 0 3.32 .893
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 27.27 .667
2007–08 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 26 5 13 3 1318 82 0 3.73 .889
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 10 2 5 0 442 21 1 2.85 .892
2008–09 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 3 1 2 0 178 9 0 3.03 .845
2008–09 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 14 7 4 2 791 40 0 3.04 .885
QMJHL Totals 138 65 51 9 7547 342 9 2.72 .911
AHL Totals 88 32 40 3 4474 216 3 2.90 .903
ECHL Totals 50 17 22 5 2716 146 1 3.23 .894
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 27.27 .667

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 1 0 0 11 0 0 0.00 1.000
2003–04 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 4 1 3 251 13 0 3.10 .886
2004–05 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 4 1 3 245 10 0 2.44 .905
QMJHL Totals 9 2 6 507 23 0 2.72 .899

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