EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 29, the Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman prospect Alec Martinez to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Martinez, 20, just completed his junior season with the Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks, scoring nine goals with 23 assists for 32 points and 42 penalty minutes in 42 games. He earned Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Tournament honors, was named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Defenseman, he led all CCHA defensemen in goals and points, and he was fourth among all CCHA defensemen in assists. His 32 points and 23 assists were both career-highs.
In 123 games over three seasons with the Redhawks, the 6-1, 207-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan scored 21 goals and added 46 assists with 113 penalty minutes.
In the 2004-05 season, Martinez played for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League, scoring ten goals with eleven assists for 21 points and thirty penalty minutes in 58 games.
Martinez was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
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A great signing for LA. You wont find a finer young man than Alec. His hockey skills are evident in his NCAA stats, but his character is his most impressive attribute.
Thank you for your comment. The Kings need all the help they can get these days, so, for their sake, I hope you’re right.
Can you tell us more about Martinez? What do perceive to be his strengths? What does he need to work on most to improve? Any glaring deficiencies?