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11-01-2009, 07:18 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Although only 5'8" and 165 pounds, the
rugged two-way forward
proved that he could leave his mark in the NHL by
playing hard every shift of every game
A small but
NHLer for parts of 17 seasons..-Joe Pelletier
powerful and agile skater
was traded from the Red Wings to the Boston Bruins midway through the 1965-66 season, where he spent a season and a half. He then moved to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1967 where he played another 11 years. He eventually won over Chicago fans with is
speedy attack and insistent digging for loose pucks in the corners
As much as his playmaking,
he was known for his heart.
In 1969, when the Blackhawks missed the playoffs,
he called out his team, saying that only three players on the team “wear their uniforms with any desire to win
We, as a trio, worked very well together. We all got along. I think the biggest thing was that
none of us were selfish
. We had the same type of philosophy about the game.
We were serious about it and we wanted to be recognized as good hockey players. We didn't care who scored the goals as long as our line produced,
" said Martin.
Awards and Acheivements
1 x Bill Masterson Trophy (1970)
4 x All-Star Game participant (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
Goals- 18th(1967), 16th(1970)
Assists- 8th(1972), 4th(1973), 13th(1974)
Points- 19th(1970), 14th(1972), 11th(1973), 15th(1974)
Playoff Top 15's
Goals- 13th(1972), 2nd(1973)
Assists- 10th(1968), 9th(1971), 15th(1973)
Points- 14th(1968), 7th(1973)
Martin was traded on May 5, 1967 in the famous Esposito trade. The trade was moreover broke down into Martin for Esposito- one promising centre for another, and although Espositio would be a superstar, Martin would prove to be an effective player in chicago.
Hubert Martin, nicknamed "Pit" after a comic character in a french language newspaper, broke into the NHL in 1961, spending time between the AHL and the Detroit Red Wings. He would be traded to Boston in the 1965-66 season before being traded to Chicago 1967, where he hit his stride.
Martin had a rocky start in Chicago, but would overcome it and become a fan favorite with his hard-working, rugged, two-way style. He had several good years in Chicago, particularly in the 1972-73 season, when he got a career high in points and scored 10 goals and 16 points later tthat year in the playoffs to help chicago to the satnley cup finals.
He would finish off his career with two years in Vancouver, before retiring.
On November 30, 2008, Martin and a friend were on an icy lake snowmobiling when suddenly the ice cracked beneath. The snowmobile plunged into the lake and Martin, 64, was unable to be saved by his companion who managed to escape the tragedy. He is, and will continue to be, well remembered in Chicago for his great play in the 70s.
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