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Pit Martin
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Position Centre
Nickname(s) Pit
Height
Weight
5 ft 08 in (1.73 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
Teams Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 9, 1943(1943-12-09),
Noranda, QC, CAN
Died November 30 2008 (aged 64),
Rouyn-Noranda, QC, CAN
Pro Career 19621979

Hubert Jacques "Pit" Martin (December 9, 1943 – November 30, 2008) was Canadian professional centre who served as captain of the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1975 to 1977. He was an NHL All-Star and Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.

Martin played seventeen seasons in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks and Vancouver Canucks.

Playing careerEdit

Nicknamed Pit after a comic strip character in a French newspaper, Martin was scouted by former NHL goaltender Wilf Cude and joined the Red Wings organization.

In 1961-62 he won the Memorial Cup with the Hamilton Red Wings.

He joined the Red Wings full time in 1963-64 and was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1965-66.

He is remembered among hockey fans as being involved in one of the most one-sided trades in history. In May 1967, Martin, alongside Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris, were traded from Boston to Chicago for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield. This has long been considered one of the most lopsided trades in hockey history regarding Chicago, giving up core elements of the future Boston powerhouse teams. However, Martin himself was the sole bright spot of the trade for the Black Hawks, starring for them for ten seasons as a skilled two-way centre and being named to play in the NHL All-Star Game in four straight seasons.

Martin played 1101 career NHL games from 1961–62 to 1978–79. He recorded 324 goals and 485 assists for 809 points. His best statistical season was the 1972–73 season when he scored 61 assists and 90 points, adding ten goals in the playoffs as the Hawks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

DeathEdit

On November 30, 2008, Martin was reported missing following a snowmobile accident on Lake Kanasuta near Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. He was riding a snowmobile behind a friend when the ice on the lake collapsed shortly after his friend had passed over it. Martin was pronounced dead on December 1, 2008. On December 2, 2008, Sûreté du Québec police divers recovered Martin's body from the lake.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1959–60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA 29 13 12 25 14
1960–61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 48 20 21 41 17 10 7 2 9 8
1961–62 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 48 42 46 88 46 10 3 9 12 0
1961–62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1962–63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 49 36 49 85 67 5 1 1 2 10
1962–63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 5 1 2 3 0
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 21 3 7 10 2
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 9 12 21 28 14 1 4 5 14
1964–65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 8 9 17 32 3 0 1 1 2
1965–66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 6 6 12 26
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 1 2 0
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 41 16 11 27 10
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 70 20 22 42 40
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 16 19 35 36 11 3 6 9 2
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 23 38 61 73
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 30 33 63 61 8 3 3 6 4
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 22 33 55 40 17 2 7 9 12
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 24 51 75 56 8 4 2 6 4
1972–73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 29 61 90 30 15 10 6 16 6
1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 30 47 77 43 7 2 0 2 4
1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 19 26 45 34 8 1 1 2 2
1975–76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 32 39 71 44 4 1 0 1 4
1976–77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 75 17 36 53 22 2 0 0 0 0
1977–78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 1 1 2 0
1977–78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 15 31 46 36
1978–79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 12 14 26 24 3 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 1,101 324 485 809 609 100 27 31 58 56


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ted Hampson
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
1970
Succeeded by
Jean Ratelle
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Dryden
NHLPA President
1974–1975
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
Pat Stapleton
Chicago Black Hawks captains
197577
Succeeded by
Stan Mikita
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