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Alec Martinez (born July 26, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Kings in 2012 and 2014.

Alec Martinez
Alec Martinez - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Martinez pictured in 2013.
Born (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 30)
Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 95th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2008–present

In 2014, he scored both the Western Conference Finals winning goal and Stanley Cup Finals winning goal - both in overtime.

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Early lifeEdit

Martinez was born in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, Michigan.[1] His paternal grandfather is Spanish and his paternal grandmother is English Canadian.[2] He spent his early years playing hockey in Northern California for the Santa Clara Blackhawks and San Jose Jr. Sharks. He earned four varsity letters at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills.

He played college hockey while attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Playing careerEdit

He was drafted 95th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft while playing for Miami University. He made his professional debut for the Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in 2008. A year later, he was announced to the opening roster for the 2009–10 season with Kings, in which he played four games and had no goals and no assists on six shots on goal.

He was sent back down to the Manchester Monarchs for the first 20 games of the 2010–11 season. On November 23, 2010, he was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings to replace the struggling Jake Muzzin. On November 24, Martinez scored his first NHL goal, on the power play, in 4–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre against goaltender Carey Price.[3] Martinez had his first multi-point game December 4, 2010, including a goal against Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings in a 3–2 victory for the Kings.[4] After joining the squad for the 2010–11 season, Martinez earned trust from former Kings Head Coach Terry Murray for solid offensive and defensive play,[5] and that continued after Darryl Sutter replaced Murray in December 2011.

On July 8, 2011, Martinez signed a two-year, $1,475,000 contract with the Kings. On June 11, 2012, the team won the Stanley Cup.

With the 2012–13 NHL season being threatened by a lockout that ultimately wiped out half the season, on December 31, 2012, Martinez signed with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League.[6] He played with them until the end of the lockout.

Martinez was injured for 10 of the Kings' first 15 games of the 2013–14 season, but wound up returning as a regular on the Kings' defense, even contributing to the team's offense.

2014 Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

He scored two series winners en route to the Kings' second Stanley Cup title – on June 1, 2014, Martinez scored 5:47 into overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks; 12 days later, in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers, a shot by Tyler Toffoli, which rebounded off goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in double overtime, led to another Martinez goal. The goal was scored with 5:17 left in double overtime as he became only the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.[7] He became the first to do it since Patrick Kane in 2010 and the first to do it at home since Bob Nystrom in 1980.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 58 10 11 21 30 11 1 2 3 8
2005–06 Miami RedHawks CCHA 39 3 8 11 31
2006–07 Miami RedHawks CCHA 42 9 15 24 40
2007–08 Miami RedHawks CCHA 42 9 23 32 42
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 72 8 15 23 42
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 55 7 23 30 26 16 0 3 3 10
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 20 5 11 16 14
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 5 11 16 18 6 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 6 6 12 8 20 1 2 3 8
2012–13 TPS SM-l 11 1 1 2 8
2012–13 Allen Americans CHL 3 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 1 4 5 10 7 0 2 2 8
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 11 11 22 14 26 5 5 10 12
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 56 6 16 22 10
2015–16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 10 21 31 40 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 9 30 39 24
NHL totals 419 48 99 147 126 60 6 10 16 30

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alec Martinez player biography". National Hockey League. 2014-06-07. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://lakingsinsider.com/2013/05/05/una-conversacion-con-sr-martinez/
  3. ^ "Canadiens 4, Kings 1". CBS Sports. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Kings 3, Red Wings 2 OT". Los Angeles Kings. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  5. ^ Hammond, Rich (2011-01-11). "Rookie defenseman Martinez earns trust". LAKings insider. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Americans Sign Stanley Cup Winning Defenseman". Allen Americans. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  7. ^ Kings' Martinez again plays hero, scores Cup-winner
  8. ^ "2012–13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Hunwick
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
2007–08
Succeeded by
Kyle Lawson