Andreas Martinsen

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Andreas Martinsen
Born (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 26)
Bærum, Norway
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Lillehammer IK
Leksands IF
Düsseldorfer EG
Colorado Avalanche
National team  Norway
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Andreas Martinsen (born 13 June 1990) is a Norwegian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Martinsen first played as a youth in his native Norway with Rosenborg IHK before joining GET-ligaen first team club, Lillehammer IK in 2006. As a 17-year-old, Martinsen made his first team professional debut with Lillehammer in the 2007–08 season, featuring in 43 games with a promising 20 points. With good size and physical play, Martinsen was hopeful to be selected in the Canadian Hockey League import draft but was passed over. On 7 July 2008, he opted to remain with Lillehammer to continue his development on a year contract.[1] After his second full season with Lillehammer, establishing himself amongst the scoring lines with 23 points in 43 games, Martinsen signed a contract with Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan outfit, Leksands IF on 9 April 2009.

During the 2009–10 season, Martinsen struggled to cement his position within Leksands. Used sparingly through 22 games, Martinsen agreed to leave Sweden to return to Lillehammer on loan for the remainder of the season on 15 December 2009. As a welcome addition to the Lillehammer club, Martinsen immediately contributed to finish the year with 10 points in 14 games. On 29 May 2010, Martinsen was signed to a multi-year contract to remain with Lillehammer.[2]

Over the next two seasons, Martinsen established himself amongst the club's scoring leaders on a point per game average. In order to progress his career on 25 May 2012, he agreed to his second European venture in signing with German club, Düsseldorfer EG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[3][4] In his rookie DEL season in 2012–13, Martinsen secured a checking line role on DEG, contributing with 22 points in 52 games as a 22-year-old. After signing for a third season with Düsseldorfer EG,[5] Martinsen recorded a break-out season in 2014–15, using his size and touch to finish third on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 41 points in 55 games. He made his post-season debut with DEG appearing in 12 games with 5 points upon suffering a semi-final loss.

With his breakout performance garnering NHL interest, Martinsen was announced to have signed a one-year, two-way entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on 15 May 2015.[6] After attending the Avalanche September training camp, Martinsen was reassigned to begin the 2015–16 season with American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.[7] After 9 games with the Rampage, Martinsen was recalled to provide a physical presence to Colorado on 9 November 2015. Martinsen made his NHL debut the following day in a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. He became the third Norwegian player to appear with the Avalanche and just the 8th to reach the NHL.[8] In his 6th game with the Avalanche, Martinsen recorded his first NHL goal in a 7-3 defeat to the Washington Capitals on 21 November 2015.[9] Martinsen remained primarily with Colorado for the remainder of the season, appearing in 55 games for 11 points and finished the year leading all NHL rookies in hits-per-game.

On 24 June 2016, Martinsen agreed as a restricted free agent to sign a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Avalanche.[10] In the 2016–17 season, Martinsen made the opening night roster, solidifying his role as a physical checking forward on the fourth-line. He appeared in his 100th career NHL game in a 4-1 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins on 9 February 2017.[11] With the Avalanche in the midst of their worst season in franchise history in Colorado, Martinsen matched his previous years tally of 55 games before he was dealt at the NHL trade deadline to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Sven Andrighetto on 1 March 2017. He became the first Norwegian to be involved in a NHL trade at the deadline.[12]

International play[edit]

Martinsen was first selected to compete at the international stage as a junior for Norway at the 2007 World Under-18 Championships. Finishing with a Division 1 Bronze medal, Martinsen was a fixture in the Norwegian junior team throughout his junior eligibility. Martinsen made his Senior international debut for Norway as a 20-year-old at the 2010 IIHF World Championships.[13] He has appeared in each World Championships since, marking 7 consecutive Championships as of 2016.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Lillehammer IK GET 43 9 11 20 114 7 2 0 2 8
2008–09 Lillehammer IK GET 43 8 15 23 98 6 1 2 3 26
2009–10 Leksands IF J20 8 2 3 5 37
2009–10 Leksands IF Allsv 22 3 2 5 8
2009–10 Lillehammer IK GET 14 2 8 10 28 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Lillehammer IK GET 43 17 27 44 106 6 1 3 4 6
2011–12 Lillehammer IK GET 45 17 26 43 121 11 3 2 5 26
2012–13 Düsseldorfer EG DEL 52 6 16 22 72
2013–14 Düsseldorfer EG DEL 42 9 8 17 124
2014–15 Düsseldorfer EG DEL 50 18 23 41 99 12 1 4 5 8
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 10 1 1 2 8
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 4 7 11 47
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 3 4 7 32
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
GET totals 231 53 87 140 467 35 7 7 14 66
DEL totals 144 33 47 80 295 12 1 4 5 8
NHL totals 119 7 11 18 79 2 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Norway WJC18-D1 13th 5 4 2 6 12
2008 Norway WJC18-D1 11th 5 0 3 3 8
2008 Norway WJC-D1 13th 5 0 3 3 4
2009 Norway WJC-D1 13th 5 4 2 6 31
2010 Norway WJC-D1 11th 5 5 4 9 4
2010 Norway WC 9th 3 0 0 0 0
2011 Norway WC 6th 7 0 0 0 6
2012 Norway WC 8th 8 1 2 3 0
2013 Norway WC 10th 7 0 0 0 25
2014 Norway WC 12th 7 0 0 0 4
2015 Norway WC 11th 7 0 1 1 10
2016 Norway WC 10th 7 2 1 3 8
Junior totals 25 13 14 27 59
Senior totals 46 3 4 7 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martinsen continues with LIK" (in Norwegian). gd.no. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Martinsen to stay with LIK" (in Norwegian). Lillehammer IK. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ Andreas Martinsen's profile and statistics at DEL.org (German)
  4. ^ "Spieler-Infos" [Player Info] (in German). Düsseldorfer EG. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  5. ^ "DEG binds striker Andreas Martinsen" (in German). Düsseldorfer EG. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche signs Andreas Martinsen". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Avalanche reduces roster to 30". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Duchene scores two goals to help Avalanche shutout Flyers". CBS Sports. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  9. ^ "Capitals score 4 in first , beat Avalanche 7-3". CBS Sports. 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  10. ^ "Avalanche extend Andreas Martinsen". Colorado Avalanche. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  11. ^ "Hornqvist, Murray lead Penguins to victory over Avalanche". CBS Sports. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  12. ^ "Avalanche acquires Andrighetto from Montreal". Colorado Avalanche. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  13. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 

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