April 2, 2014 Leave a comment
AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell.
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Often times, the hockey gods work in strange, mysterious ways, and for a long time, they were not smiling down upon Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.
Whether it was one of a handful injuries, or falling out of favor with head coach Darryl Sutter, Martinez has been out of the lineup for some fairly lengthy stretches.
During the lockout-abbreviated 2013 season, the 6-1, 209-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan played in just 27 out of the Kings’ 48 games, scoring one goal and contributing four assists for five points, while sitting out seven regular games, from February 12 – March 4, 2013.
More importantly, Martinez was on the sidelines for most the 2013 playoffs, appearing in just seven of the Kings’ 18 playoff games (four games vs. St. Louis, two vs. San Jose, and one vs. Chicago).
This season was going much the same way for Martinez, who missed action from October 18 – November 12, 2013, sitting out seven games. He also sat out from December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014, missing four games, and from January 12 – 16, watching one game in street clothes.