Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pit Martin
Born Hubert Martin in Noranda, Quebec, Martin was nicknamed "Pit" after a comic strip character in a French language newspaper. After being scouted by former NHL goaltender Wilf Cude, Pit joined the Detroit Red Wing organization, playing a single game in 1961-62.

Martin joined the NHL full-time in 1963-64, and played with the Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, and Vancouver Canucks during his sixteen year career, totalling 809 points in his 1,101 games played. During a dismal 1968-69 season where the Hawks finished out of the playoffs, Martin denounced many of his teammates, claiming that only three "wear their uniforms with any desire to win."

The next season, the team rebounded, finishing in first place with Martin contributing 30 goals and 33 assists. Martin won the Masterton Trophy that season, the only major award he'd win during his NHL career. Although only 5'8" and 165 pounds, the rugged two-way forward proved that he could leave his mark in the NHL by playing hard every shift of every game.

Martin is often remembered for being part of one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. In May 1967, he, along with Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris, went from Boston to Chicago for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield.

On November 30, 2008 Martin and a friend were on an icy lake snowmobiling when suddenly the ice cracked beneath. The snowmobile plunged into the lake and Martin, 64, was unable to be saved by his companion who managed to escape the tragedy.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 29 13 12 25 14
1960-61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 20 21 41 17 10 7 2 9 8
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 42 46 88 46 10 3 9 12 0
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings M-Cup 14 12 11 23 22
1962-63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 49 36 49 85 67 5 1 1 2 10
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 5 1 2 3 0
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 9 12 21 28 14 1 4 5 14
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 21 3 7 10 2
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 8 9 17 32 3 0 1 1 2
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 6 6 12 26
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 1 2 0
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 41 16 11 27 10
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 70 20 22 42 40
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 16 19 35 36 +9 11 3 6 9 2
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 23 38 61 73 +9
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 30 33 63 61 +22 8 3 3 6 4
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 22 33 55 40 +18 17 2 7 9 12
1971-72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 24 51 75 56 +44 8 4 2 6 4
1972-73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 29 61 90 30 +27 15 10 6 16 6
1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 30 47 77 43 +29 7 2 0 2 4
1974-75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 19 26 45 34 -3 8 1 1 2 2
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 32 39 71 44 +6 4 1 0 1 4
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 75 17 36 53 22 -4 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 1 1 2 0 -1
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 15 31 46 36 -26
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 12 14 26 24 -3 3 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 1101 324 485 809 609 100 27 31 58 56


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1962)
OHA-Jr. - MVP (1962)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
Traded to Boston by Detroit for Parker MacDonald, December 30, 1965. Traded to Chicago by Boston with Jack Norris and Gilles Marotte for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield, May 15, 1967. Traded to Vancouver by Chicago for future considerations (Murray Bannerman, May 27, 1978), November 4, 1977.