August 30, 2004

UMass Lowell
Jr. | F | Brampton, Ontario

UMass Lowell expects big things from Andrew Martin in 2004-05.


Key Statistics: Finished tied for second on the River Hawks with 34 points (10 goals and a team-high 24 assists). His 23 points in Hockey East play were tied for eighth in the conference.

What He Does: One of UMass Lowell’s fastest and strongest players, Martin has all the tools. He’s also blessed with great hockey sense and puck skills. It’s a combination that, along with his determination, makes him a valuable player for head coach Blaise MacDonald in any situation.

The Bigger Picture: Martin wasn’t accumulating points the way he might have wanted early in the 2003-04 season, but MacDonald said he found other ways to contribute. “He didn’t score as much as he hoped early on, but he came to terms with that,” the coach said. “As he just focused on playing well, sure enough the goals started to go in.” Fast starts by Martin’s classmates and roommates, Elias Godoy and Ben Walter, earned them more attention, but it’s the combination of the three of them that give the River Hawks one of the nation’s best junior classes. Martin earned the team’s unsung hero award at the end of the year.

UMass Lowell coach Blaise MacDonald on Martin: “He’s a very mature kid, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a Steve Saviano-type improvement as a junior and senior. He’s that type of player. He could take a quantum leap statistically. I’m excited to watch him.”

— Nate Ewell

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