It never hurts to spend time at the arena sitting beside a player of the calibre of Paul Kariya. And that is exactly what Matt Martin did while both were playing for the University of Maine Black Bears. Chosen by Toronto in the fourth round of the 1989, Matt Martin joined the Leafs in 1993-94 after playing with the U.S. national team. Throughout the season, Martin bounced between the two teams, joining Toronto for good after the Olympics in Lillehammer Norway.
But the bouncing act continued. The next season, Martin started with Toronto's AHL franchise in St.John's but was recalled because of injury during the playoff drive. In 1995-96, it looked like he would stick in the NHL, but he broke his ankle and missed 30 games. In 1996-97, Martin again spent time between the AHL Leafs and the NHL Leafs. That was Matt Martin's final shot at the NHL. He signed with Dallas as a free agent during the summer of 1998 but has remained in the minors since.