Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Random Thought - Rick Martin

I just got a signed hockey card from Rick Martin. Originally known as Richard Martin, Rick was a star left winger for the Buffalo Sabers during the 70’s and early 80’s. His best years were 1973-74 and 1974-75 when he had back to back 52 goal seasons. He also scored over 40 goals three other seasons.

In 1974-75 he team with Gilbert Perrault and Rene Robert to form the fabled French Connection line that helped Buffalo to its first Stanley Cup finals. The Sabers lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Philadelphia Flyers and Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke - who also was kind enough to sign a hockey card for me not long ago.

Rick’s career was cut short by injuries, but he had nine years where he was able to play most games and all were productive years. He may never make the Hockey Hall of Fame, but was a four time All-Star, and for my money, one of the best left wingers of ever.