Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Gelinas
Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Martin Gelinas was a junior star with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques. He was chosen seventh overall by the LA Kings in 1988 after a 63-goal season. Two months later he was part of the package sent to the Edmonton Oilers in the historic trade for superstar Wayne Gretzky. After starting the 1988-89 season in Hull and representing Canada at the World Junior Championships, the young forward played a handful of NHL games late in the schedule.

In 1989-90 Gelinas scored 17 goals and was effective on the power play for Edmonton when they went through a mediocre regular season. In the playoffs he formed an enthusiastic line with Adam Graves and Joe Murphy as Edmonton won its fifth Stanley Cup in seven seasons.

Gelinas was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in June, 1993 but experienced difficulty playing in front of the high expectations of his native province. Midway through the season he was picked up on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks and helped his new team reach the Stanley Cup final. Gelinas played the best hockey of his career in Vancouver and registered consecutive 30-goal seasons in 1996 and 1997. Early in 1997-98 he was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes where his speed and leadership helped keep the team competitive over the last four years. After two years of playing a more defensive role, Gelinas notched 23 goals in 2000-01 and helped his club give the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils a tough six game battle in the opening round of the post-season.

Gelinas returned for a fifth season in 2001-02 and scored the overtime winning goal in game six of the Eastern Conference Final against the Toronto Maple Leafs, clinching the Hurricanes their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance. Carolina would eventually fall to the Detroit Red Wings and subsequently signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in the off-season. Upon his arrival with the Flames, Gelinas continued his strong two-way play and was a key player in Calgary's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 against the eventual Cup champions from Tampa Bay.

Following a lock out in 2004-05, Gelinas was acquired by the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2005. He would spend two full seasons on the wing in Florida and provide veteran leadership on a relatively young Panther squad. His productive stint in Florida however came to an end in June, 2007 when the Shawinigan, Quebec native signed with the Nashville Predators as a free agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Noranda Aces NOHA 5 1 1 2 0
1986-87 Montreal L'est Cantonniers QAAA 41 36 42 78 36 7 7 5 12 2
1987-88 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 65 63 68 131 76 17 15 18 33 32
1987-88 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 4 2 2 4 8
1988-89 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 41 38 39 77 31 9 5 4 9 14
1988-89 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 8
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 1 2 3 0 -1
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 17 8 25 30 0 20 2 3 5 6
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 20 20 40 34 -7 18 3 6 9 25
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 11 18 29 62 +14 15 1 3 4 10
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 11 12 23 30 +3
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 31 6 6 12 8 -2
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 8 8 16 26 -6 24 5 4 9 14
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 13 10 23 36 +8 3 0 1 1 0
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 30 26 56 59 +8 6 1 1 2 12
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 35 33 68 42 +6
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 4 4 8 10 -6
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 40 12 14 26 30 +1
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 1 0 1 6
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 13 15 28 67 +3 6 0 3 3 2
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 14 16 30 40 -10
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 23 29 52 59 -4 6 0 1 1 6
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 13 16 29 30 -1 23 3 4 7 10
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 21 31 52 51 -3
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 76 17 18 35 70 +10 26 8 7 15 35
2004-05 HC Forward Morges Swiss-2 41 37 21 58 81 4 2 2 4 24
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 2
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 82 17 24 41 80 +27
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 82 14 30 44 36 +7
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 57 9 11 20 20 +5
2008-09 SC Bern Swiss 27 15 7 22 45 6 2 2 4 6
NHL Totals 1273 309 351 660 820 147 23 33 56 120


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1988)
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1988)
Canadian Major Junior - Rookie of the Year (1988)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup - Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1988)
Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles with Jimmy Carson and Los Angeles' 1st round choices in 1989 (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky) and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar) Entry Drafts and cash for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley, August 9, 1988. Traded to Quebec by Edmonton with Edmonton's 6th round choice (Nicholas Checco) in 1993 Entry Draft for Scott Pearson, June 20, 1993. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Quebec, January 15, 1994. Traded to Carolina by Vancouver with Kirk McLean for Sean Burke, Geoff Sanderson and Enrico Ciccone, January 3, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 2, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Morges (Swiss-2), September 23, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), February 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), November 4, 2008.