Medo Martinello (born December 6, 1935) is a former Professional box lacrosse player, coach, and ice hockey referee, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada of Italian descent. He is a member of the Windsor and Essex County Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Canadian Government 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal "for outstanding Achievements on behalf of Canada".
He played box lacrosse from the age of 12, playing in the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League with Windsor Joe's Cement in his later teens. He played in the OLA Senior B Lacrosse League in the 1960s and 1970s winning the OLA Sr. B title in 1961 with the Leamington Clippers and later the 1970 and 1971 Canadian National Championship Presidents Cup with the Windsor Clippers and Windsor Warlocks.
In 1962, Medo played for the Brampton Ramblers of the OLA Sr. A League, then the highest level of the sport in the world. In 1968, he had an 8-game stint with the newly formed professional Detroit Olympics of the National Lacrosse League, again, then the highest level for the sport in its era.
In hockey, Medo played his junior hockey with the Blenheim Blades of the Border Cities Junior B Hockey League before becoming a referee. From 1953 to 1955, Martinello was a minor hockey referee. From 1956 until 1960, he reffed Junior B and C in the Ontario Hockey Association. In the 1960s, Martinello reffed in the elite-amateur OHA Senior A Hockey League and professional International Hockey League. From 1970 until 1989, Medo reffed all levels of Junior hockey, from A down to C, for the OHA. In 1972, Medo became the first Canadian to referee an NCAA Final, the game was between Boston University and Denver University. Medo often was chosen to ref international games between NCAA and IHL teams and the likes of Russia and Czechoslovakia and also helped to create the 2-referee system in the NCAA in the 1970s, since followed by most major leagues.
As a coach, Martinello led the Windsor Warlocks Jr. C Lacrosse team to OLA and Eastern Canadian titles in 1972 and 1973. He led the 1975 Quebec Caribous of the National Lacrosse League to a professional championship. From 1989 until 1992, Medo coached the Detroit Turbos of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League winning the 1991 league championship.
In 1992, Martinello was honoured by the Canadian Government with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal "for outstanding Achievements on behalf of Canada". On November 13, 2001, Medo was inducted into the Windsor and Essex County Sports Hall of Fame as a Founder.
|1962||OLA Sr. A||Brampton Ramblers||4||4||0||4||10||DNP|
|1963||OLA Int. A||Wallaceburg Red Devils||3||6||1||7||4||DNP|
|1964||OLA Sr. B||DNP|
|1965||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Clippers||2||4||0||4||4||3||3||1||4||13|
|1966||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Clippers||17||40||10||50||63||6||12||6||18||30|
|1967||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Clippers||16||33||9||42||49||5||4||5||9||13|
|1968||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Clippers||xx||12||4||16||xx||xx||4||0||4||xx|
|1969||OLA Sr. B||DNP|
|1970||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Clippers||14||21||33||54||59||9||13||13||26||24|
|1971||OLA Sr. B||Windsor Warlocks||7||6||13||19||24||15||9||20||29||53|
|1972||OLA Jr. C||Windsor Warlocks||16-4||.800||Lost Final|
|1973||OLA Jr. C||Windsor Warlocks||18-2||.900||OLA & Eastern Canada Champions|
|1975||NLL||Quebec Caribous||22-24-2||.479||NLL Champions|
|1989||MILL||Detroit Turbos||6-2||.750||Lost Semi-final|
|1991||MILL||Detroit Turbos||8-2||.800||MILL Champions|
|1992||MILL||Detroit Turbos||8-2||.800||Lost Division Final|