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17. Rick Martin

As part of Buffalo’s vaunted “French Connection” line, Rick Martin was part of the most exciting lines in hockey in the 1970’s. Martin was a lethal sniper and once he mastered his defensive skills was one of the better two way players in hockey. With two 50 goal seasons (not exactly easy in the 70’s) and as a perennial All Star, Martin should have enjoyed some success in the 80’s and have a steady decline into his 30’s the way most star players do. Sadly, a brutal injury in November of 1980 essentially put an end to his career, and he only played a handful of games after. Had Rick Martin made it through at least a few of the free wheeling 80’s, his career stats would have likely been padded sufficiently to make the Hall. Currently, he remains one of the top stars of the 70’s on the outside looking in.

 

Should Rick Martin be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 64.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 3.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Verdun, Quebec, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1985
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team Canada (1972 Summit Series, 1976 Canada Cup)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All Star (1973 & 1974)
    Second Team All Star (1975 & 1976)
    NHL All Star (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)

Should Rick Martin be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 64.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 3.8%

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+1 #1 Garrett Grant 2016-01-07 08:23
Richard Martin SHOULD be in HOF, Injuries did end his career after 9 full seasons but he played in 7 Straight ALL STAR GAMES in 9 years, 50 Goals 2 times, 1972 and 1976 Team Canada Member, "1st & 2nd Team" All Star 4 times (WOW), It's a shame if he did get put in he passed away and will not be there, That's why the hof needs to put in the guys who have been waiting, RICK MIDDLETON, ROGIE VACHON, TOM BARRASSO, BRIAN PROPP, STEVE LARMER, DOUG WILSON, ANDY MOOG, MIKE VERNON,
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