Born February 20, 1987 (age 24) in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Center and alternate captain for the Phoenix Coyotes
I thought I’d do a little scouting for one of the Blackhawks’ upcoming games this week and turned my attention to our opponents in this Saturday’s game. Martin began playing junior hockey with his hometown team before coming to North America to play with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers, where he averaged a point a game in 19 games and a single goal in five playoff games. From there he went to Canada, where he was supposed to play with the Chilliwuk Bruins but was traded to the Red Deer Rebels, in his one season with them, he played 60 game and earned 85 points. He also played with the Czech team for the World U20 Championships in 2006 and 2007.
The Phoenix Coyotes picked him 17th overall in the 2005 draft, and after his time in Omaha and Red Deer he arrived in Arizona for the 2007-08 season. He had 35 points, sixth in scoring on the team, and he was ranked ninth among all rookies in the league on points and assists. The next season was even better: on December 4, 2008, he not only scored his first career hat trick, but he did it in 20 minutes, 27 seconds! That’s a franchise record for the fastest hatty. He’s been consistent in scoring in his time with the Yotes, so at the beginning of this season he was named an alternate captain for the team. He scored the game-winning goal against Detroit last night, so for that, I thank him.