Matt Martin (ice hockey, born 1989)
Martin with the New York Islanders in January 2015
May 8, 1989 |
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||148th overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Matthew Martin (born May 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Martin previously played with the New York Islanders and is known for his strong checking abilities. Martin also holds the NHL record for most hits in a season. In the NHL, Martin has been described as both an enforcer and a grinder.
Martin tried out for his local AAA team, the Windsor Jr. Spitfires, but was cut and played AA hockey for the Lasalle Sabres. In 2005-06 he made the Blenheim Blades Jr.C. club as a free agent. In 2006, he tried out with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League as a walk-on, and made the team, playing on a line with Steve Stamkos. He would eventually serve as the captain of the Sarnia Sting.
Martin was drafted in the fifth round, 148th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Martin was signed by the Islanders to a three-year entry-level contract on September 4, 2009. Martin scored his first NHL goal on October 29, 2010 against Alex Auld of the Montreal Canadiens.
On September 15, 2012, he agreed to a four-year contract with the Islanders.
On July 1, 2016, as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, Martin and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract, worth an average of $2.5 million a season. Interestingly, Martin is the second "Matt Martin" to have played for the Maple Leafs, behind Matt Martin. In his first season with Toronto, Martin assumed his role as an enforcer, playing on the fourth line for the team and protecting the plethora of rookies on the roster from hits by other players, and fighting those that ran teammates. The team would qualify for the post-season, with Martin picking up two points in the second game of the series which would see the Maple Leafs lose in six contests to the top seeded Washington Capitals.
He has an older brother who also played hockey and encouraged him to get involved in the sport.
|2004–05||Windsor Jr. Spitfires||MHAO||32||8||11||19||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||76||12||19||31||113||5||1||2||3||4|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||5||0||2||2||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||7||1||2||3||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||68||5||9||14||147||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||80||7||7||14||121||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||48||4||7||11||63||6||1||0||1||14|
|2013–14||New York Islanders||NHL||79||8||6||14||90||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New York Islanders||NHL||78||8||6||14||114||7||0||1||1||12|
|2015–16||New York Islanders||NHL||80||10||9||19||119||11||0||0||0||12|
|2016–17||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||5||4||9||123||6||0||2||2||6|
- LeBourdais, Dyan (July 20, 2011). "Road to the Coliseum: Matt Martin". NHL.com. NHL. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- "Islanders sign forward Martin". New York Islanders. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Islanders, Matt Martin Agree To 4-Year Deal". CBS News New York. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "NHL Player Defensive Statistics – 2014–15". ESPN. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- "Matt Martin signs four-year contract with Maple Leafs". NHL.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Maple Leafs sign free agent forward Matt Martin". NHL.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- Longley, Rob (September 24, 2016). "Matt Martin will have important role protecting young Maple Leafs". Toronto Sun. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Longley, Rob (January 12, 2017). "Football great Boomer Esiason a super fan of hockey, Maple Leafs' Martin". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- Hornby, Lance (March 19, 2018). "Leafs' Matt Martin pops the question to Boomer's girl". The National Post. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- @sydneyesaison (March 18, 2018). "Can't wait to marry the sh** out of ya 😜 I love you @mattymarts17" (Tweet) – via Twitter.