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Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Defenseman  - PIT
(MAHR-tihn, PAWL)
Number: 7
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 5, 1981  (Age 34)
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010.
Drafted: NJD / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (62nd overall)
Smooth-skating defenseman with strong puck skills and hockey sense.

Nickname - “Pauly”

Played 7 NHL seasons with New Jersey and Pittsburgh.

Completed 1st season with Pittsburgh in 2010-11, paired for most of the season with Zbynek Michalek.

Ranked 2nd on Penguins in blocked shots (129) and average ice time (23:21)
in ‘10-11.

Became 2nd defenseman in Penguins history to score 2 unassisted goals in 1 game Dec. 4, 2010 at Columbus (Ab DeMarco, Feb. 24, 1974 at Chicago).

Tallied his first goal as a Penguin against his former Devils teammates on Oct. 11, 2010.

Played first 6 seasons of career with New Jersey after the Devils selected him in the 2nd round (62nd overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

His best NHL season came in 2005-06 with New Jersey when he established career highs in goals (t-5), assists (32) and points (37).

Chosen to represent Team USA at 2010 Winter Olympics, but did not play due to injury.

Played for Team USA in World Championships (2004, ‘07), World Cup (2004) and World Junior Championships (2001).

Played 3 seasons with University of Minnesota from 2000-03, helping the Golden Gophers to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2002 and ‘03.

Native of Elk River, Minnesota.

Named Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey” in 2000 as the most outstanding senior player in the state while playing for Elk River.

Signed through 2014-15 season.
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