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Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Number: 7
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 5, 1981  (Age 35)
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Drafted: NJD / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (62nd overall)
LAST SEASON: Completed his fourth NHL season/fourth season with New Jersey... Finished first in scoring among Devils’ defensemen with 27 assists/32 points, second on squad with plus-20 mark (J. Oduya, +27), and third among defensemen with 73 games played... Notched 100th career assist with helper in April 6 season-finale vs. NY Rangers... Appeared in his 300th NHL game March 27 at NY Rangers... Had points in
season-high three straight games four times, most recently March 27-April 1 (3a)... Recorded four multiple-point games overall, including first points of campaign with season-high 3a October 13 at Atlanta... Posted three two-point matches: first career two-goal game February 9 vs. Carolina, 2a February 16 at Ottawa and 2a January 22 at Philadelphia... Recorded his 100th career point with game-winning goal January 4 vs. Philadelphia... Missed five contests March 1-11 with general soreness, as well as 3 games November 16-21 with lower body soreness to snap consecutive games played streak at career-high 77... Has averaged 76 games played over his NHL career... Finished with 1g-2a-3pts during Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NY Rangers... Represented United States at World Championships; recorded 1g-7a-8pts to lead all U.S. defensemen.


One of six players in Devils’ lineup to appear in all 82 games; played in final 77 games previous season to extend consecutive games played streak to a career-high 159…Finished second (B. Rafalski) among Devils’ defensemen in scoring with 3g-23a-26pts overall, including 1g-5a-6pts with the man advantage…Posted last point with goal March 28 at Buffalo; each of his last two points (1g-1a) had been scored vs. Sabres…Posted 3g-16a- 19pts in his last 49 games played after recording seven assists in season’s first 33 contests…Had points in season-high four straight games twice: February 1-8 (1g-3a-4pts) and December 22-29 (6a)…Also posted points in back-to-back games March 4-6 (2a), January 18-20 (1g-1a- 2pts) and November 4-7 (2a)…Had recorded three two-assist/multiple-point games: December 29 vs. Washington, December 23 at Atlanta and October 12 vs. Toronto…Appeared in 11 playoff games; posted career-high four assists.

2005-06: With 80 games played, surpassed total from 2003-04 rookie campaign…Missed 2 games October 13-15 with slight back injury…Was second (B. Rafalski) among NJD d’men with 5g-32a-37pts; surpassed previous season’s assist (18) and point (24) totals…Recorded 20 of the 37 points on the power play, and 23 of the 37pts at the Meadowlands…Had assists/points in season/ career-high five straight games December 26- January 3 (6a)…Assists in five straight was also a team season high (tie, P. Elias, Apr. 9-18)…Had career-high 1g-2a-3pts February 7 vs. Tampa Bay…Appeared in his 100th NHL game December 17 at Carolina…Posted three assists and team-leading plus-six mark in Stanley Cup Playoffs…Two assists in game two of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NY Rangers matched output from previous six playoff appearances…Named to Team USA’s “Taxi Squad” for ’06 Olympic Winter Games, but did not play…

2004-05: Was late addition to United States roster for 2004 World Cup of Hockey…Posted 3g-4a-7pts while appearing in 11 games with Fribourg (Switzerland)… Represented United States at World Championships for first time…

Saw action in 70 games overall in his first pro/NHL campaign…Stretch included season-high 32 straight contests January 31 through end of regular- season schedule…Finished season tied for fifth on Devils/tied for second among defensemen (D. Hale) with plus-12 mark…Recorded first career overtime goal February 15, first power play goal February 17 vs. Minnesota, and first career NHL goal/point October 18 vs. Tampa Bay…Is only Devils’ rookie ever to post a regularseason overtime goal…Posted points in seasonhigh three straight games February 14-17 (2g- 2a-4pts)…Made Devils/NHL debut October 8 at Boston; game marked just 12th of 13 times in team history that two rookies (D. Hale) made their NHL debuts in the same game…Followed J. Boumedienne, S. Clemmensen, A. Salomonsson (Oct. 6, 2001); M. Danton, S. Gron (Feb. 23, ’01); M. Brodeur, J. Dowd (Mar. 26, ’92); J. Miller, J. Skalde (Oct. 7, ’90); N. Brady, V. Fetisov, S. Starikov (Oct. 5, ’89); K. Friesen, C. Terreri (Oct. 18, ’86); A. Chevrier, C. Wolanin (Oct. 10, ’85); U. Hiemer, K. Muller, M. Wilson (Oct. 12, ’84); A. Hepple, R. Trottier (Oct. 7, ’83); K. Daneyko, J. MacLean (Oct. 5, ’83); and L. Floyd, M. Moher (Feb. 27, ’83)…Missed 2 games January 27-29 with the flu…Returned to home state of Minnesota to participate in 2004 NHL YoungStars Game at St. Paul and had 1a…Posted 1g-1a-2pts in game 3 of ECQF vs. Philadelphia… Attended first NHL training camp in September 2003; signed first pro contract August 8, 2003…

OTHER: Joined the Devils’ organization after three years at the University of Minnesota, including consecutive NCAA Championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 WCHA Playoff Championship…Posted 9g-30a-39pts and 32 penalty minutes in 45 games with the Golden Gophers his last season…Named to the NCAA All- Tournament Team, NCAA West Second All- American Team and WCHA Second All-Star Team in 2002-03…In 2001-02, was named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team and in 2000-01, was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team…Threeseason collegiate totals show 20g-77a-97pts and 62 PIM in 127 games…Other international experience includes representing the United States at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Russia…Golden Gopher teammates included 2000 draft pick M. DeMarchi, as well as current Devils’ forward B. Tallackson.

PERSONAL: Single…Named team’s 2003-04 Rookie of the Year by the Fan Club…Returns to native Minnesota during the off-season…Lists his favorite movie as The Usual Suspects and King of Queens as his favorite TV show…Plays golf in his spare time…Enjoys the musical work of Phish and Neil Young and his favorite book is Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography.