DANVERS – Eat, sleep, play hockey, repeat.
From the age of five, Martin fell in love with hockey and embraced the competitive spirit his family gave him. While playing baseball, soccer and golf, hockey has always shined.
“I think it’s a great sport for me,” Martin said. “I really like the feeling I get when I play hockey and how competitive I become.”
The former Bishop Fenwick center/wing always knew he wanted to play college hockey. Now Martin’s dream will come true when he laces up his skates for Johnson & Wales University in Providence.
“I’m very excited to meet all of my teammates, to feel comfortable making new connections, to play the sport I love, and to enjoy the ride,” Martin said.
After playing his ninth and tenth seasons at Pentucket Regional before coming to Bishop Fenwick, Martin tallied 116 points during his high school career. Last season, he had a stellar season with the Boston Advantage of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), registering 18 goals and 25 assists in 43 games.
“My freshman year at Pentucket, with two of my teammates (Hazen Pike, who went to Pingree, and Richie Hardy), was great; without them, it would not have been possible to graduate with more than 100 points,” Martin recalls. “Our first year I had 44 points, then my second year I got hurt a bit but still got 34 points.
“Honestly, it was a bit scary,” he added, speaking of a transfer before his freshman year. “I didn’t know anyone in Fenwick; I only knew one student who transferred with me. It was a big transition for me. Although I was able to bring my attacking style of play and get points for my team in any way I could.
Knowing that would be the best way for college coaches to watch him play and, more importantly, continue having fun on the ice, he chose to spend the 2021-22 season with the Boston Advantage.
“It was an awesome experience; the coaching staff really know what they’re doing. As soon as I started with them, I knew I had to play college hockey,” said Martin, who credits his parents for being his biggest motivators. “They have the most connections in all of college hockey, even at the pro level, so I had an amazing year. I wouldn’t have wanted to play anywhere else.”
Now he’s ready for the challenge that Division 3 college hockey will bring to Johnson & Wales, where Martin will major in Culinary Arts as well as Food and Beverage Management.
The Wildcats, coached by Eric Graham, play outside of the New England Hockey Conference and are looking for an infusion of talent after going 4-22 last winter. Martin is looking forward to getting there and bonding with his new teammates and coaches while showing what he can do on the ice.
“I love doing stuff with my teammates and having fun with them outside of hockey. Of course, I also love the games and the practices, but it’s also about making those bonds and those friendships because they’ll be with you for the rest of your life,” Martin said.