Left-winger Tom Martin was a useful role player for parts of six seasons in the 1980s. He was had-nosed competitor who locked horns with many of the toughest foes in the NHL and minors but could also play a sound defensive game.
Born in Kelowna, B.C., Martin was chosen 74th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1982 after scoring 66 points in 43 games for the Kelowna Packers of the BCJHL. He then spent a year each with the University of Denver and the WHL's Victoria Cougars. While in college, he had the unique distinction of having his rights traded from the Seattle Breakers to the Victoria for the Cougars' team bus. Martin played most of his first three pro seasons in the AHL but was recalled occasionally by Winnipeg.
In July 1987, Martin was signed as a free agent by the Hartford Whalers and scored 28 goals for Binghamton of the AHL. In 1988-89, he went back and forth between the Minnesota North Stars and Hartford courtesy of the waiver wire but continued to be part time skater. He retired in 1991 after signing with the L.A. Kings and playing a season for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks.