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Canada Rick Martin
a.k.a. "Richard Martin"
#10 Los Angeles Kings / NHL - 81/82
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
LW
Age
Height
5'11" / 180 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
181 lbs / 82 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
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Contract
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Highlights
1-time Canada Cup Champion 1

Rick Martin played on the "French Connection" line in Buffalo with René Robert and Gilbert Perreault. He was selected 5th overall in 1971 after scoring 121 points with the Montréal Jr. Canadiens. He led the Sabres with 44 goals as a rookie in 1972, which earned his first of seven straight All-Star game appearances. Martin reached the 40-goal mark 5 times and set a career-high with 95 points in 1975. He also won a Canada Cup in 1976 and retired in 1982 with 384 goals and 701 points in 685 games.

Martin, 59, died March 13, 2011, of a heart attack suffered while a heart attack while driving, in Clarence, N.Y. A post-mortem examination found that Martin also had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of death.


Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1967-68 Thetford Mines Canadiens QJAHL 40 38 35 73 - | Playoffs 7 2 0 2 4
1968-69 Montréal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 52 22 21 43 27 | Playoffs 14 3 0 3 2
1969-70 Montréal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 34 23 32 55 10 | Playoffs 16 14 20 34 12
1970-71 Montréal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 60 71 50 121 106 | Playoffs 11 17 7 24 10
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 44 30 74 36 -38 |
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 37 36 73 79 4 | Playoffs 6 3 2 5 12
Canada Summit Summit72 0 0 0 0 0 |
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 52 34 86 38 -22 |
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 52 43 95 72 5 | Playoffs 17 7 8 15 20
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 49 37 86 67 23 | Playoffs 9 4 7 11 12
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 36 29 65 58 10 | Playoffs 6 2 1 3 9
Canada CC 4 3 2 5 0 3 |
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 28 35 63 16 16 | Playoffs 7 2 4 6 13
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 32 21 53 35 -7 | Playoffs 3 0 3 3 0
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 45 34 79 54 18 | Playoffs 14 6 4 10 8
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 7 14 21 20 4 |
Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 1 1 2 0 1 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 1 3 4 2 1 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1968-69 Montréal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 6 2 1 3 12 |
1969-70 Montréal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 12 14 13 27 8 |
Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
CC 1 4 3 2 5 1.25 0 3 | 0
M-Cup 2 18 16 14 30 1.67 20 - | 0
NHL 11 685 384 317 701 1.02 477 15 | 8 63 24 29 53 0.84 74 -
OHA-Jr. 3 146 116 103 219 1.50 143 - | 3 41 34 27 61 1.49 24 -
QJAHL 1 40 38 35 73 1.83 - - | 1 7 2 0 2 0.29 4 -
Summit72 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 - | 0
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Gilbert Perreault (F) 1968-1981 12 Buffalo Sabres, Canada, Canada, Montréal Jr. Canadiens
Craig Ramsay (F) 1971-1981 10 Buffalo Sabres
Don Luce (F) 1971-1981 10 Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings
Jim Schoenfeld (D) 1972-1981 9 Buffalo Sabres

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Player Biography and Trivia

Number 7 retired by Buffalo Sabres

Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres

Martin was part of one of the most famous lines in hockey history; ”The French Connection,” which featured Martin and fellow Quebecers, Gilbert Perreault and René Robert.

On March 10, 1981, Martin was traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo in exchange for a 1981 3rd round puick (Colin Chisholm) and a 1983 1st round pick (Tom Barrasso). This because of an injury that Martin had suffered on November 8 the previous year. He was later forced to retire due to the cartilage damage caused to the knee.

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