Congratulations are in order today for Patrik Martin. I got an e-mail confirming that the Rossland native and now former Smoke Eater has earned a scholarship to go play at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Martin was a heart and soul player for the Smokies over the last three seasons. Martin started his career with Beaver Valley in the KIJHL where he was part of a conference championship team and scored 35 points in 65 games over a couple seasons. In the BCHL he scored 28 points over 130 games, but that doesn't summarize what he contributed to the team. Martin was always a main stay on the penalty kill. He won what must have been a thousand puck battles in the corners and along the boards. He's only listed as 5'9 and 170lbs but fought some of the biggest and toughest guys in the league to defend his teammates.
Martin was also an alternate captain for the Smokies and easily one of the team's most valuable leaders. When he spoke people listened and he demanded respect. The coaches always knew they could lean on him when the chips were down. He also has some solid hands around the net. He scored a few of the prettier goals Trail has had since I've been here. I know he'll be missed at the Cominco Areana, but Simon Fraser got themselves a good one.