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1971 NHL DRAFT PICK
Rick Martin
Selected in first round
No. 5 overall by Buffalo Sabres

Born July 26, 1951
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5-11   Weight: 167
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Montreal (OHA)                               
Birthplace: Verdun, Quebec (Canada)
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1967-68 ThetfordQJHL 4038 3573 --
1968-69 MontrealOHA 5222 2143 27
1969-70 MontrealOHA 3423 3255 10
1970-71 MontrealOHA 6071 50121 106

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup:
1969, 1970 (Montreal)
OHA All-Star First Team: 1970-71 (Montreal)
OHA Goals Leader: 1970-71 (Montreal) (71 goals)
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 10, 1971 (Pittsburgh at Buffalo)
Numbers: 7, 9 (Buffalo) (No. 7 retired); 10 (Los Angeles)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired Dec. 12, 1981
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1971-1981 Buffalo, Los Angeles685 384317 701477
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1973-1981 Buffalo, Los Angeles63 2429 5374

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Sporting News NHL East Rookie of Year:
1971-72
NHL All-Star First Team: 1973-74, 1974-75
NHL All-Star Second Team: 1975-76, 1976-77
All-Star Game: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
All-Star Game MVP: 1977
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1975 (Buffalo)
50-Goal Seasons: 1973-74, 1974-75
Buffalo Memorial Trophy (MVP): 1973-74
Buffalo Star of Stars (Most Star Selections): 1973-74, 1978-79
Buffalo Eddolls Trophy (Most Popular Player): 1973-74
Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame: Inducted 1989
Buffalo Records: Most points by a rookie (74), most goals by left wing (382), most points in season by left wing (95), most hat tricks (21), most hat tricks in season (7, tie), most 40-goal seasons (5)
Buffalo Points Leader: 1971-72 (74, tie), 1973-74 (86)
Buffalo Goals Leader: 1971-72 (44), 1973-74 (52), 1974-75 (52), 1978-79 (32)
Buffalo Playoffs Points Leader: 1975 (15, tie), 1976 (11)
Buffalo Playoffs Goals Leader: 1975 (7, tie), 1976 (7)
Buffalo Playoffs Assists Leader: 1979 (3)
Coaching Career: Named Buffalo skill-development coach on Sept. 22, 2003, and remained in that position into 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Runner-up to Ken Dryden for 1971-72 Calder Trophy. ... Set NHL record (since broken) for goals by a rookie with 44 in 1971-72. ... Became first Buffalo Sabres player to score 50 goals in season when he achieved feat in 1973-74. ... Became first player who started career on expansion team to be named to NHL All-Star First Team in 1973-74. ... Scored two goals, including game-winner, in 1977 NHL All-Star Game in Vancouver. ... Scored tying goal with 1:39 remaining to force overtime in 1978 NHL All-Star Game in Buffalo. ... Played on Buffalo's French Connection Line with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert. ... Career ended by right knee injury, which he blamed on former Buffalo coach Scotty Bowman for having made him play games when he was hurt until he had surgery on March 3, 1981. Knee was first injured in collision with Washington goalie Mike Palmateer on Nov. 9, 1980. Martin claimed Palmateer deliberately kicked him on the play as he was getting up after being tripped. ... Played first game for Los Angeles in 1980-81 season finale. ... Buffalo retired his number on Nov. 15, 1995, along with Rene Robert's No. 14 on a night which honored the entire French Connection Line.
NON-NHL CAREER
Summit Series: 1972 (did not play)
Canada Cup: 1976 (first place)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick:
1972 (by New England)
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame: Inducted 1992
Education: Attended Sir George Williams University.
Miscellaneous: Excellent golfer, had scratch handicap during his playing days. ... Owned a four-wheel drive repair and customizing business during his playing days in Buffalo. ... Owned restaurant in Niagara Falls, N.Y., called Rick Martin's Slap Shot. ... Avid collector of vintage automobiles during his playing days. ... Returned to Buffalo after retirement and continued to work in local computer consulting business while becoming active in Old-timers/Legends hockey.
Personal: Was also known as Richard Martin throughout his career.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Buffalo traded Martin to Los Angeles in exchange for Los Angeles' 1981 third-round draft choice (Colin Chisholm) and 1983 first-round draft choice (Tom Barrasso) on March 10, 1981.

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SNAPSHOT '71
Total Selected: 117
Forwards: 63
Defense: 45
Goaltenders: 9
Major Junior: 84
College Players: 19
Canadian: 107
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 8
U.S.-Born: 8
European: 0
Reached NHL: 50
Won Stanley Cup: 3
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 10
Year-end All-Star: 5
Olympians: 4
Picks Traded: 18
 
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