| Left Wing|
1.1 million USD (2015)
| New York Islanders|
Ice hockey player
| May 8, 1989 (age 26)
Windsor, ON, CAN (1989-05-08) |
148th overall, 2008
New York Islanders
New York Islanders (#17 / Left wing)
Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Travis Hamonic, Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin (ice hockey, born 1989) Wikipedia
Matthew Martin (born May 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Martin previously played with the New York Islanders is known for his strong checking abilities, having led the league in hits delivered in every season since 2011; the only year Martin did not finish first was his rookie season of 2010–11, where he finished fourth league wide in recorded hits. Martin also holds the NHL record for most hits in a season. In the NHL, Martin has been described as both an enforcer and a grinder.
Martin tried out for his local AAA team, the Windsor Jr. Spitfires, but was cut. In 2006, he tried out with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League as a walk-on, and made the team, playing on a line with Steve Stamkos. He would eventually serve as the captain of the Sarnia Sting.
Martin was drafted in the fifth round, 148th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Martin was signed by the Islanders to a three-year entry-level contract on September 4, 2009. Martin scored his first NHL goal on October 29, 2010 against Alex Auld of the Montreal Canadiens.
On September 15, 2012, he agreed to a four-year contract with the Islanders.
During the 2014–15 NHL season, Martin set the NHL record for most hits in a single season, recording 382 checks.
The following season, during the 2015–16 campaign, Martin's line, consisting of himself, Casey Cizikas, and Cal Clutterbuck was considered to be the best 4th line in the NHL by hockey analysts.
On July 1, 2016, as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, Martin and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract, worth an average of $2.5 million a season. Interestingly, Martin is the second "Matt Martin" to have played for the Maple Leafs, behind Matt Martin. In his first season with Toronto, Martin assumed his role as an enforcer, playing on the fourth line for the team and protecting the plethora of rookies on the roster from hits by other players, and fighting those that ran teammates. The team would qualify for the post-season, with Martin picking up two points in the second game of the series which would see the Maple Leafs lose in six contests to the top seeded Washington Capitals.