Pit Martin

Hubert Jacques "Pit" Martin (December 9, 1943 – November 30, 2008) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who served as captain for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1975 to 1977. He was an NHL All-Star and Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.

Pit Martin
Born (1943-12-09)December 9, 1943
Noranda, Quebec, Canada
Died November 30, 2008(2008-11-30) (aged 64)
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Hornets
Playing career 19621979

Martin played seventeen seasons in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks and Vancouver Canucks.

Playing career

Nicknamed Pit after a comic strip character in a French newspaper, Martin was scouted by former NHL goaltender Wilf Cude and joined the Red Wings organization. He is remembered among hockey fans as being involved in one of the most one-sided trades in history.

Martin scored four goals in a single game on January 27, 1966 in Boston's 5-3 victory over Chicago.

In May 1967, Martin, along with Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris, was traded from Boston to Chicago for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield, who would become core elements of future Boston powerhouse teams. However, Martin himself was a bright spot of the trade for the Black Hawks, starring for them for ten seasons as a skilled two-way centre and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in four straight seasons.

Martin played 1101 career NHL games from 1961–62 to 1978–79. He recorded 324 goals and 485 assists for 809 points. His best statistical season was the 1972–73 season when he set career highs with 61 assists and 90 points, adding ten goals in the playoffs as the Hawks made it to the Stanley Cup finals. He wore number 7.


On November 30, 2008, Martin was reported missing following a snowmobile accident on Lake Kanasuta near Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.[1] He was riding a snowmobile behind a friend when the ice on the lake collapsed shortly after his friend had passed over it.[1] Martin was pronounced dead on December 1, 2008.[2] On December 2, 2008, Quebec Provincial Police divers recovered Martin's body from the lake.[3]


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1959–60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 2913122514
1960–61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 4820214117 107298
1961–62 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 4842468846 1039120
1961–62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10110
1961–62 Hamilton Red Wings M-Cup 1412112322
1962–63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 4936498567 511210
1962–63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 51230
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 2137102
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 509122128 1414514
1964–65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58891732 30112
1965–66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16661226
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 101120
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 4116112710
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 7020224240
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6316193536 113692
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7623386173
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7330336361 83364
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6222335540 1727912
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7824517556 84264
1972–73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7829619030 15106166
1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7830477743 72024
1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7019264534 81122
1975–76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8032397144 41014
1976–77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7517365322 20000
1977–78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 71120
1977–78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6715314636
1978–79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6412142624 30112
NHL totals 1,101324485809609 10027315856

See also

  • List of NHL players with 1000 games played


  1. "Hubert "Pit" Martin porté disparu" (in French). Réseau des sports. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  2. "Pit Martin pronounced dead after snowmobile accident". TSN. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  3. "Quebec police find body of ex-NHLer Martin". TSN. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ted Hampson
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Jean Ratelle
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Dryden
NHLPA President
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
Pat Stapleton
Chicago Black Hawks captain
with Stan Mikita, 1976–77
Succeeded by
Keith Magnuson
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