Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Terry Martin
As a junior with the London Knights of the OHA, Terry Martin had the markings of a solid NHL prospect. He had a great set of wheels, could score points, had reasonably good size, and employed a hard-hitting style at close quarters.

He was drafted 44th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1975 Amateur Draft. He turned pro right away and thus embarked on a five-year round of musical sweaters. During that time, he adapted his game to a more defensive style of play. This allowed him to fit in, from time to time, as a spot player on the Sabres' third and fourth lines. Between big-league showings, he put in minor-pro time with the Charlotte Checkers and the Hershey Bears.

In 1979-80, Martin was claimed in the Expansion Draft that brought the Quebec Nordiques into the NHL. He lasted only three games with the club before his demotion to the minors. Eighteen games later, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team of his childhood dreams.

As a lad growing up in nearby Barrie, the Leafs were always his team of choice. And in the early going, he raised his game to the occasion, scoring 138 points over the four seasons he sported the Blue and White. By 1983-84, however, he began to get conflicting messages from the club's management. They wanted him to place greater emphasis on his defensive assignments; but they complained that his scoring totals were in decline. Martin stretched himself to compliance in the best way he could until his trade papers were served during the off season, directing him to the Edmonton Oilers.

With his new organization, he played primarily with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL. After about 25 games, he got wind of Edmonton's plans to call him back to the NHL. But a shoulder injury knocked him out of the lineup and nixed any plans for his return to the top.

He was subsequently traded to the Minnesota North Stars where his lot showed little improvement. He appeared in only seven games to complete the season?his last in the NHL. From there he descended to the AHL where he played one year with the Springfield Indians and a second with the Newmarket Saints before retiring in 1987.

Originally drafted from the London Knights, Martin played his first NHL game with the Sabres during the 1975-76 season. During the next three seasons, Martin jumped between the parent club and their AHL affiliate in Hershey. When Quebec's Nordiques were introduced to the NHL in 1979, they plucked Terry from the Sabres in the Expansion Draft. Just before Christmas 1979, Quebec traded Terry Martin to Toronto, and he settled in nicely with the Leafs, being utilized as a checking forward with offensive talent. He scored 23 goals with the Leafs in 1980-81, followed by 25 the next season. But the next two seasons saw Martin score 14 and 15 goals, respectively, and he was left unprotected in 1984's Waiver Draft, where Edmonton chose the Barrie, Ontario native.

Martin played just four games with the Oilers, spending most of the autumn of 1984 in the AHL before Edmonton traded Martin and Gord Sherven to Minnesota for Mark Napier. Getting into just seven games with the North Stars, Martin spent the next two seasons in the minors before he hung up his sweater for good. But that didn't mean Terry Martin left hockey. No, he chose a career in coaching, starting with the OHL Toronto Marlboros in 1987-88. For many years, Terry Martin coached in the Buffalo organization

Originally drafted from the London Knights, Martin played his first NHL game with the Sabres during the 1975-76 season. During the next three seasons, Martin jumped between the parent club and their AHL affiliate in Hershey. When Quebec's Nordiques were introduced to the NHL in 1979, they plucked Terry from the Sabres in the Expansion Draft. Just before Christmas 1979, Quebec traded Terry Martin to Toronto, and he settled in nicely with the Leafs, being utilized as a checking forward with offensive talent. He scored 23 goals with the Leafs in 1980-81, followed by 25 the next season. But the next two seasons saw Martin score 14 and 15 goals, respectively, and he was left unprotected in 1984's Waiver Draft, where Edmonton chose the Barrie, Ontario native.

Martin played just four games with the Oilers, spending most of the autumn of 1984 in the AHL before Edmonton traded Martin and Gord Sherven to Minnesota for Mark Napier. Getting into just seven games with the North Stars, Martin spent the next two seasons in the minors before he hung up his sweater for good. But that didn't mean Terry Martin left hockey. No, he chose a career in coaching, starting with the OHL Toronto Marlboros in 1987-88. For many years, Terry Martin coached in the Buffalo organization


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 London Knights OHA-Jr. 59 17 22 39 25
1973-74 London Knights OHA-Jr. 63 33 24 57 38
1974-75 London Knights OMJHL 70 43 57 100 118
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Charlotte Checkers SHL 25 12 10 22 30 9 2 3 5 2
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 19 3 6 9 18
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 11 12 23 8 +6 3 0 2 2 5
1976-77 Hershey Bears AHL 12 1 4 5 12
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 21 3 2 5 9 -1 8 2 0 2 5
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 4 2 1 3 2
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 6 8 14 33 -17
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -5
1979-80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 18 9 9 18 6
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 6 15 21 2 +6 3 2 0 2 7
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 3 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 23 14 37 32 +15 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 25 24 49 39 -18
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 14 13 27 28 -29 4 0 0 0 9
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 15 10 25 51 -8
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 2 2 0 +3
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 28 17 11 28 4
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 1 1 2 0 0
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 72 19 22 41 17
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 72 8 7 15 8
1987-88 Toronto Marlboros OHL
NHL Totals 479 104 101 205 202 21 4 2 6 26


Claimed by Quebec from Buffalo in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Dave Farrish for Reg Thomas, December 13, 1979. Claimed by Edmonton from Toronto in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton with Gord Sherven for Mark Napier, January 24, 1985.