Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Martin
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Victoria Kings Minor-BC
1980-81 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 43 17 34 51 143
1981-82 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 43 32 34 66 194
1982-83 University of Denver WCHA 37 8 18 26 128
1983-84 Victoria Cougars WHL 60 30 45 75 261
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 5 0 0 0 16
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 8 1 0 1 42 +1 3 0 0 0 2
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 58 4 15 19 212 12 1 1 2 72
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 5 0 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 69 11 18 29 227
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 11 1 0 1 49 +1
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 18 5 6 11 57
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 1 2 3 14 -1
1987-88 Binghamton Whalers AHL 71 28 61 89 344 3 0 0 0 18
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 4 1 1 2 4 +1
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 38 7 6 13 113 +8 1 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 21 1 2 3 27 0
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 24 4 10 14 113
1990-91 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 22 11 7 18 88
NHL Totals 92 12 11 23 249 4 0 0 0 6


AHL First All-Star Team (1988) Rights traded to Victoria (WHL) by Seattle (WHL) for a used bus and future considerations, January 19, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, July 29, 1987. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Claimed on waivers by Hartford from Minnesota, December, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July, 1990.