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Penguins’ Martin looks to crack U.S. Olympic team after 2010 heartbreak

Aug 31, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Paul Martin is hoping the third time is the charm.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman is looking to make the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Games, after being left off the team three years ago due to injury.

In 2006, Martin was a member of the U.S. team’s taxi squad in Torino, Italy.

As J. Brady McCollough of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes, Martin suffered an arm injury blocking a Bill Guerin shot in October, just after the start of the 2009-2010 season, which eventually ruined his dream of competing at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Here is a snippet of what McCollough wrote for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read the full version here.

Martin would soon get the bad news — it was broken — but his Olympic dream still felt salvageable. He was supposed to be out eight weeks, only eight turned into 10 or 11, and then he found himself in front of a specialist, telling him he needed surgery.

“I struggled with it for a while,” Martin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during the recent USA Hockey Olympic orientation camp.

“But I can only control so much, so that’s why I’m thankful for this opportunity. I can’t predict what will happen in those games in the regular season, but just to be ready if they call my name is all I can do.”

  1. live4hockey - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    He should just enjoy the Phish shows this weekend! He will make the team.

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  2. c9castine - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    pretty much a lock. had an excellent year last year and seems to be fitter and smarter than ever. solid offensive producer, always in the right spots, excellent puck mover, and an under rated powerplay guy simply for his ability to move the puck to the right spots quickly.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Oh is he? That’s cute, see the defensive breakdowns in the playoffs and then tell me you want him playing defense in a win or go home game

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        People w the thumbs down, did you watch a different set of

      • killerpgh - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        And since Chara was a minus 6 over the last 3 games of the SCF’s I’m guessing you wouldn’t want him either.

  3. illashell - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Anyone that didn’t watch Martin night and and night out would disagree with you. He was arguably the most consistently solid d-man the Pens had this year. He would have a rough game every now and then, as everyone does, but overall I thought he was fantastic.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    @brentphillip screw you! SPAMMER!!

  5. nyrnashty - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I think he’s good, but don’t think he’s good enough to beat out this crop of U.S. D, who are younger and have better foot work, which will be needed on the bigger rink.

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