March 5, 1981|
Elk River, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
62nd overall, 2000|
New Jersey Devils
Paul Joseph Martin (born March 5, 1981) is an American retired ice hockey defenseman. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 62nd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, playing six seasons for the organization before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010 and later the San Jose Sharks in 2015.
Martin played high school hockey at Elk River High School and was the Mr. Hockey award winner. In 2000, he was drafted in the second round, 62nd overall, by the New Jersey Devils. He has sound offensive instincts and a projectable frame, and is a classic stay at home defenseman. He was part of a successful program at the University of Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). He helped his school win the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I National Championships.
Martin joined the Devils for the 2003-04 season, playing 70 games in his first full season, putting up 24 points. The next season, Martin played for Fribourg-Gottéron in Switzerland due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He returned the next season, this time appearing in 80 games while increasing his point production to 37.
During the 2006-07 season, Martin played the entire 82-game season, though his point total dropped to 26. During the 2009-10 season, Martin suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm, playing in just 22 games and scoring a career-low 11 points.
Martin signed a five-year, US$25 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. He made his Penguins regular season debut on October 7, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers, picking up the primary assist on Tyler Kennedy's third period goal, the Penguins' first ever at the Consol Energy Center. He returned to New Jersey to face his former team for the first time on October 11, and finished the game with a goal, an assist and over 26 minutes of ice time in a 3-1 Penguins victory.
Martin scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal with the Penguins on April 13, 2012, against the Philadelphia Flyers in an 8-5 Penguins loss. He was scratched with an undisclosed injury for Game 4.
On July 1, 2015, Martin was signed as a free agent to a four-year, $19.4 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. He lost to his former team, the Penguins, in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. On January 16, 2018, the Sharks assigned Martin to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.
He announced his retirement on November 14, 2018.
Martin was named to Team USA for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and again for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, along with then-Devils teammates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner. Martin, however, did not see any action in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and missed the 2010 Winter Olympics due to a broken arm; he was replaced in the latter tournament by Tim Gleason.
In 2017, Martin launched the Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, a non-profit organization that distributes funds to qualified non-profit organizations who raise awareness and reduce the stigma for those affected by bullying, depression, and mental health issues.
|1998-99||Elk River High School||HS-MN||24||9||11||20||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|1999-2000||Elk River High School||HS-MN||24||15||35||50||26||--||--||--||--||--|
|2000-01||University of Minnesota||WCHA||38||3||17||20||8||--||--||--||--||--|
|2001-02||University of Minnesota||WCHA||44||8||30||38||22||--||--||--||--||--|
|2002-03||University of Minnesota||WCHA||45||9||30||39||32||--||--||--||--||--|
|2003-04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||70||6||18||24||4||5||1||1||2||4|
|2005-06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||5||32||37||32||9||0||3||3||4|
|2006-07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||3||23||26||18||11||0||4||4||6|
|2007-08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||73||5||27||32||22||5||1||2||3||2|
|2008-09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||73||5||28||33||36||7||0||4||4||2|
|2009-10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||22||2||9||11||2||5||0||0||0||0|
|2015-16||San Jose Sharks||NHL||78||3||17||20||22||24||0||5||5||6|
|2016-17||San Jose Sharks||NHL||81||4||22||26||20||6||1||0||1||4|
|2017-18||San Jose Sharks||NHL||14||0||2||2||2||7||0||0||0||2|
|2017-18||San Jose Barracuda||AHL||18||0||2||2||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2000-01|
|All-WCHA Second Team||2001-02, 2002-03|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2002-03|
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2003|||