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Paul Martin hopes to finally play Olympic game with Team USA

Jul 26, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin is hoping to be named to Team USA’s Olympic roster yet again, but under different circumstances.

Martin joined the squad in 2006, but never got any ice time. That was at the start of his NHL career though and after making a name for himself with the New Jersey Devils, his standing was higher for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Unfortunately Martin sustained a broken arm and had to watch the tournament from start until it ended with Canada’s Sidney Crosby scoring the overtime winner against America in the gold medal game.

There’s no doubt in Team USA GM David Poile’s mind that Martin would have played in 2010 if he wasn’t hurt.

“It was definitely tough being named to the team and having to watch because of an injury,” Martin told the McKeesport Daily News. “Especially after traveling to Torino for the Olympics four years earlier.”

This time around, Martin, 32, is coming off of a strong season and has been invited to USA Hockey’s Olympic orientation camp. He’s also guaranteed to be watched closely during the season, given that Penguins GM Ray Shero is America’s associate GM and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will serve as his country’s Olympic bench boss.

So if he stays sharp and healthy, he should finally do something that has alluded him by playing in an Olympic game.

  1. micklethepickle - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    He thought he deserved it because of 1 good season in the last 3-4? Please. At least he’s confident, I guess.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      You mean half a season

  2. live4hockey - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    He just needs a summer Phish tour to re-energize!

  3. pone27 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ughh. No problem keeping him off the roster.

    He is too slow, and not nearly a good enough passing Dman, especially on a larger rink.

    Not looking forward to him being on the roster.

  4. 950003cups - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Haven’t seen him play lately. Always injured the last few years. Is he any good anymore?

  5. benrob99 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Martin’s alright. He’ll never be confused for Karlsson or Letang, but he’s solid on both ends. He’s Brooks Orpik 3 or 4 years ago (minus the big hits)

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