Paul Martin (ice hockey)

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Paul Martin
Paul Martin 2013-03-17.JPG
Born (1981-03-05) March 5, 1981 (age 33)
Elk River, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
New Jersey Devils
National team  United States
NHL Draft 62nd overall, 2000
New Jersey Devils[1]
Playing career 2003–present

Paul Joseph Martin (born March 5, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing Career[edit]

Martin played high school hockey at Elk River High School and was the Mr. Hockey award winner. In 2000, he was drafted in the second round, 62nd overall by the New Jersey Devils. He has sound offensive instincts and a projectable frame. He was part of a successful program at the University of Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He helped his school win the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I National Championships.

New Jersey Devils[edit]

Martin joined the Devils for the 2003-04 NHL season, playing 70 games in his first full season, putting up 24 points. The next season, Martin played for HC Fribourg-Gottéron in Switzerland due to the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. He returned the next season, this time appearing in 80 games, increasing to 37 points.

During the 2006-07 NHL season, Martin played the entire season, suiting up for all 82 games, but dropped to just 26 points. During the 2009-10 NHL season, Martin suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm, and played only 22 games, posting a career-low 11 points.

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Martin signed a 5-year, $25 million (USD) contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010.[2] He made his Penguins regular season debut on October 7, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers, picking up the primary assist on Tyler Kennedy's 3rd period goal, the Penguins' first ever at the Consol Energy Center. He returned to New Jersey to face his former team for the first time on October 11 and finished the game with a goal, an assist and over 26 minutes of ice time in a 3-1 Penguins victory.[3]

He scored his first playoff goal with the Penguins on April 13, 2012 against the Philadelphia Flyers in an 8-5 Penguins loss. He was scratched with an undisclosed injury for Game 4.

International play[edit]

Martin was named to the United States men's national ice hockey team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and again in 2010 for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada along with teammates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner. Martin, however, did not see any action in the 2006 Olympics, and missed the 2010 Olympics because of a broken arm (being replaced for the latter by Tim Gleason).

Martin was also named to the United States men's national ice hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Elk River High School MN 24 9 11 20
1999–00 Elk River High School MN 24 15 35 50 26
2000–01 University of Minnesota NCAA 38 3 17 20 8
2001–02 University of Minnesota NCAA 44 8 30 38 22
2002–03 University of Minnesota NCAA 45 9 30 39 32
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 6 18 24 4 5 1 1 2 4
2004–05 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 11 3 4 7 2
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 5 32 37 32 9 0 3 3 4
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 3 23 26 18 11 0 4 4 6
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 5 27 32 22 5 1 2 3 2
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 5 28 33 36 7 0 4 4 2
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 2 9 11 2 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 21 24 16 7 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 2 25 27 18 3 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 6 17 23 14 15 2 9 11 4
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 39 3 12 15 10 13 0 8 8 6
NHL totals 623 40 212 252 174 80 5 33 38 30

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 United States WJC 5th 7 0 4 4 0
2004 United States WCH 4th 3 0 1 1 0
2005 United States WC 6th 7 0 0 0 2
2008 United States WC 6th 7 1 7 8 0
2014 United States Oly 4th 4 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 7 0 4 4 0
Senior totals 21 1 8 9 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2000–01
All-WCHA Second Team 2001–02
All-WCHA Second Team 2002–03
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2002–03
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2003 [4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Taffe
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
2000
Succeeded by
Marty Sertich