Paul Martin (ice hockey)

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Paul Martin
Paul Martin 2013-03-17.JPG
Born (1981-03-05) March 5, 1981 (age 34)
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 for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 62nd overall, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, playing six seasons for the organization before joining the Penguins in 2010.

Playing career[edit]

High school/collegiate[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 (WCHA). He helped his school win the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I National Championships.

Professional[edit]

Martin joined the Devils for the 2003–04 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 while increasing his point production to 37.

During the 2006–07 season, Martin played the entire 82-game season, though his point total dropped to 26. During the 2009–10 season, Martin suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm, playing in just 22 games and scoring a career-low 11 points.

Martin signed a five-year, US$25 million 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 third 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]

Martin scored his first Stanley Cup 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 Team USA for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and again for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, along with then-Devils teammates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner. Martin, however, did not see any action in the 2006 Olympics, and missed the 2010 Olympics due to a broken arm; he was replaced in the latter tournament by Tim Gleason.

Martin was also named to Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where the U.S. failed to medal.

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
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 3 17 20 20 5 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 697 43 229 272 194 85 5 35 40 32

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