Young Martin Was Part Of Team Canada, Too

Rick Martin was one of several young Canadian stars included in the inaugural Team Canada. Also on the team was his Buffalo Sabres' French Connection linemate Gilbert Perreault

Because the series was far tighter than expected, most of the young players didn't get much ice time. Martin in fact got into 0 games against the Soviets.

Sabres' boss Punch Imlach pressured Martin and Perreault to come back early since they were not being used, and they complied. While they had the blessing of Team Canada and the respect of their Team Canada teammates, there was a controversy in the media about the desertion. Nonetheless, Martin and the others have no regrets and no ill feelings towards them.

Martin was actually one of the few Canadian forwards who showed up at training camp in exceptional shape. Back in the old days players, especially established players, didn't work out in the summer time as hard as NHLers today must. They used training camp to work themselves into shape. But Martin was just 20 at the time and prepared himself in the summer time.

While Martin wishes he could have gotten into at least one Summit Series game, he holds no regrets and is a proud member of Team Canada 1972.

1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #36 - Rick Martin - Left Wing

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Born: 7/26/1951 Verdun, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres

Summit Series Statistics

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Other Team Canada Appearances

Martin was a member of the 1976 Canada Cup team and scored 3 goals and 2 assists in just 4 contests.

NHL Career Notes - A member of Buffalo's famed French Connection line, Martin was a scoring machine along side Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 685 384 317 701 477
NHL Playoffs  63 24 29 53 74


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1972 Summit Series Games

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Game Three
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