Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Martin
Left-winger Rick Martin was a talented offensive player with speed and a lethal shot. He played nearly 700 games in the 70s and 80s, mostly with the Buffalo Sabres.

Born in Verdun, Quebec, Martin played in the QJHL with the Thetford Canadiens before moving up to the Montreal Junior Canadiens of the OHA. During his first year with the club he scored 22 goals and contributed to a Memorial Cup championship. Two years later he notched 71 goals for the team and was picked 5th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the Amateur Draft. Martin was also picked to the OHA's first all-star team that year.

In 1971-72, Martin broke teammate Gilbert Perreault's NHL rookie record for goals by firing 44 of his own. A few months later he was picked as a reserve for Team Canada in the historic Summit Series versus the Soviet Union. Martin dipped slightly to 37 goals in 1972-73 but his defensive play improved and he helped Buffalo reach the playoffs in only its third year of existence. More importantly, he formed the dreaded "French Connection" line with Rene Robert and Perreault.

During the 1973-74 season, Martin scored 52 goals though the club sagged when Perreault broke his leg in mid-season. The next year he duplicated his 52-goal output then registered 15 points in seven playoff games when the Sabres reached the finals. The clever winger was among the NHL's top snipers through the 1979-80 season and scored three goals for his country at the inaugural Canada Cup tournament in 1976. He was named to the NHL first and second all-star teams twice each and played in seven straight all-star games commencing in 1972.

Early in the 1980-81 season Martin experienced back trouble and quickly lost his effectiveness on the ice. In March, 1981 he was traded to the LA Kings who yielded a first round pick that was later used to claim goalie Tom Barrasso. Martin was forced to retire three games into the 1981-82 season due to chronic back pain.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Thetford Mines Canadiens QJHL 40 38 35 73 7 2 0 2 4
1968-69 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 52 22 21 43 27 14 3 0 3 2
1968-69 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 6 2 1 3 12
1969-70 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 34 23 32 55 10 16 14 20 34 12
1969-70 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 12 14 13 27 8
1970-71 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 60 71 50 121 106 11 17 7 24 10
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 44 30 74 36 -38
1972-73 Canada Summit-72
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 37 36 73 79 +4 6 3 2 5 12
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 52 34 86 38 -22
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 52 43 95 72 +5 17 7 8 15 20
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 49 37 86 67 +23 9 4 7 11 12
1976-77 Canada Can-Cup 4 3 2 5 0
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 36 29 65 58 +10 6 2 1 3 9
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 28 35 63 16 +16 7 2 4 6 13
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 32 21 53 35 -7 3 0 3 3 0
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 45 34 79 54 +18 14 6 4 10 8
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 7 14 21 20 +4
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 1 1 2 0 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 1 3 4 2 +1
NHL Totals 685 384 317 701 477 63 24 29 53 74


QJHL First All-Star Team (1968)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1971)
NHL First All-Star Team (1974, 1975)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1976, 1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Suffered eventual career-ending knee injury in game vs. Washington, November 8, 1980. Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo for Los Angeles' 3rd round choice (Colin Chisholm) in 1981 Entry Draft and 1st round choice (Tom Barrasso) in 1983 Entry Draft, March 10, 1981.