Neal Martin

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Neal Martin
Born (1975-09-08) September 8, 1975 (age 39)
Sudbury, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Oddset Ligaen team AaB Ishockey
Playing career 1996–present

Neal Martin (born September 8, 1975 in Sudbury, Ontario), is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman.

He played for the Coventry Blaze in the British Elite Ice Hockey League. In the 2004–05 season he led the team to a British Grand Slam as the League MVP. In 2006–07, he helped the Blaze retain the Elite League and Challenge Cup titles. In 2007–08, Blaze have won the Elite League Championship for a 3rd time, and the British Knockout Cup. He has been voted to the Elite League All Star 1st Team in all four seasons that he has played for Coventry.

He was in his second spell playing Ice Hockey in the UK, having previously iced for the London Knights in the old British Ice Hockey Superleague.

Neal has a Canadian wife, and his son was born in Coventry in 2007. During his time with the Blaze, Martin has won defenceman of the season at the annual Blaze awards three times in a row.

In 2008, Neal was nominated for a "Man of Ice" Award in the best defenceman category.

For the past three seasons, Martin has played alongside former Sudbury Wolves team-mate Barrie Moore at the Coventry Blaze, and had also played with 04–05 & 05–06 team-mate Joel Porier at the same junior club.

On March 26, 2008, Coventry Blaze announced that Neal Martin would be leaving the club at the end of the current season to join AaB Ishockey in Denmark.

Career statistics[edit]

                                           Regular Season              
Season  Team                        Lge   GP   G   A    Pts  PIM   
     
1992-93 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL   17    0   0    0    5
1993-94 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL   19    0   4    4    4
1993-94 Sudbury Wolves              OHL   21    2   6    8    6
1994-95 Sudbury Wolves              OHL   62    4   32   36   61
1995-96 Sudbury Wolves              OHL   51    7   42   49   54
1996-97 Hampton Roads Admirals      ECHL  54    3   19   22   89
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons         IHL   1     0   0    0    0
1996-97 Portland Pirates            AHL   1     0   2    2    0
1997-98 Mississippi Sea Wolves      ECHL  52    4   10   14   59
1998-99 Waco Wizards                WPHL  50    13  41   54   27
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs         IHL   3     0   2    2    6
1998-99 Chicago Wolves              IHL   8     0   1    1    2
1999-00 London Knights              BISL  39    6   10   16   24
2000-01 London Knights              BISL  47    8   17   25   45
2001-02 Schwenningen Wild Wings     DEL   59    4   21   25   89
2002-03 Schwenningen Wild Wings     DEL   45    1   3    4    64 
2003-04 VSV EC                      AUST  47    3   15   18   56
2004-05 Coventry Blaze              EIHL  60    6   31   37   30  
2005-06 Coventry Blaze              EIHL  54    16  26   42   26
2006-07 Coventry Blaze              EIHL  63    7   33   40   70

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