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Martin Lapointe
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Born September 12, 1973 (1973-09-12) (age 43)
Ville St. Pierre, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Ottawa Senators
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1991
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1992–2008

Martin Lapointe (born on September 12, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.

Martin is best known for winning Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings in both 1997 and 1998. He is currently the director of player development for the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing CareerEdit

Martin was selected 10th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 991 career NHL games (nine shy of the 1,000 game mark) as of the 2007–08 NHL season, scoring 181 goals and 200 assists for 381 points. Martin also compiled 1,143 career penalty minutes. He won 2 Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Red Wings, in 1997 and 1998.

In the summer of 2001, Martin signed a four-year free agent contract with the Boston Bruins. Boston was widely criticized for the deal and Martin became known as perhaps the league's most overpaid player.

After the NHL lockout wiped out the entire 2004–05 season, Martin signed a three-year free agent deal with Chicago in August of 2005. He later served as Blackhawks' captain for the latter portion of the 2005–06 season due to an injury to Adrian Aucoin.

Martin had played in 209 consecutive games with Chicago and 254 straight overall before he sat out Jan. 16 against St. Louis with what was believed to be the flu. Prior to that, his last absence had been December 29, 2003 with Boston.

On February 26, 2008, Martin was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Ottawa Senators for a sixth round draft pick. He was acquired for his grit, leadership, and physical play.

After the season, Martin was not re-signed by the Senators and became an unrestricted free agent.

Career in the Front OfficeEdit

On December 5, 2009, the Blackhawks hired Martin as a pro scout. On June 13, 2012, he was named Director of Player Development for the Montreal Canadiens.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90Laval TitanQMJHL6542549677148172564
1990–91Laval TitanQMJHL6444549866137142126
1991–92Laval TitanQMJHL3125305584
1991–92Detroit Red WingsNHL4011530114
1991–92Adirondack Red WingsAHL82244
1992–93Laval TitanQMJHL3538518941
1992–93Adirondack Red WingsAHL81239
1992–93Detroit Red WingsNHL30000
1993–94Adirondack Red WingsAHL282521464741128
1993–94Detroit Red WingsNHL5088165540006
1994–95Adirondack Red WingsAHL3929164580
1994–95Detroit Red WingsNHL3946107320118
1995–96Detroit Red WingsNHL58639931112312
1996–97Detroit Red WingsNHL7816173316720481260
1997–98Detroit Red WingsNHL7915193410621961520
1998–99Detroit Red WingsNHL771613291411002220
1999–00Detroit Red WingsNHL82162541121931420
2000–01Detroit Red WingsNHL8227305712760118
2001–02Boston BruinsNHL68172340101612312
2002–03Boston BruinsNHL598101887510114
2003–04Boston BruinsNHL7815102567700014
2004–05DNP — LockoutNHL
2005–06Chicago BlackhawksNHL82141731106
2006–07Chicago BlackhawksNHL8213112498
2007–08Chicago BlackhawksNHL5234747
2007–08Ottawa SenatorsNHL183362340004
NHL totals9911812003811417108192443202
QMJHL totals19514918933826850325890134
AHL totals553994136123361275

Personal LifeEdit

There is a hockey rink in Lachine, Quebec named in Martin's honor. Martin and his wife have three sons and a daughter. His oldest son Guyot Lapointe plays for the Chicago Mission Hockey Club.

Currently, Martin resides with his family in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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