Jr. | F | Brampton, Ontario
Lowell expects big things from Andrew Martin in 2004-05.
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
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.
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.
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.”