Right-winger Martin Gendron was an offensive minded player whose NHL career never got off the ground. He put up impressive numbers in junior and the minors but only saw spot duty with the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks in the 90s.
The native of Valleyfield, Quebec was an amateur star with the QMJHL's St. Hyacinthe Laser. In 1992 he was claimed 71st overall by the Caps after leading the league with 71 goals. He returned to junior in 1992-93 and notched 73 goals and represented Canada when it won gold at the World Junior Championships. The next year he spent time in Hull and with the National Team while contributing to the junior squad's second consecutive world title.
During his first three pro seasons, Gendron scored consistently in the minors but was unable to land a permanent spot on the Washington roster. His best performance came with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder in 1996-97 when he found the back of the net 51 times. Prior to the 1997-98 season he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks but toiled for the most part in the IHL. A trade to the Montreal Canadiens prior to the March deadline only resulted in a switch from the "I" to the AHL where he remained for two years.