Martinez Signed to Two-Year Extension
Martinez, who turns 24 on July 26, recorded 16 points (5-11=16) and 18 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games with the Kings in 2010-11. He appeared in all six postseason games with the Kings, recording one assist and two penalty minutes. Martinez also suited up for 20 regular season games with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs in 2010-11 and had 16 points (5-11=16) and 14 penalty minutes.
Among NHL rookie defensemen last season Martinez was tied for sixth in goals, 10th in assists, eighth in points, fifth in plus-minus (+11), eighth in shots (74) and ninth in hits (69).
The 6-0, 205-pound native of Rochester Hills, Mich. started last season in Manchester and was recalled to the Kings on Nov. 23. At the time of his recall Martinez ranked first on the Monarchs in points (tied for second among AHL defensemen) and assists. He was also one of Manchester’s alternate captains.
Martinez made his NHL debut for the Kings in 2009-10 and played in four games that season (zero points and two penalty minutes). He led Manchester defensemen in 2009-10 with 30 points and 23 assists, while leading the club overall with a plus-12 rating. He also helped the Monarchs reach the Eastern Conference Finals during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Martinez began his pro career with Manchester in 2008-09 after three standout collegiate years at Miami of Ohio, where in 2007-08 he was a CCHA First-Team All-Star, Second Team All-America selection, CCHA All-Tournament honoree and named CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman.