Former Miami University hockey player just accomplished what every hockey player dreams of doing and few accomplish.
The three-year standout for the Miami RedHawks scored in double overtime to hand the Los Angeles Kings a Stanley Cup clinching 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center on Friday night. That tally makes gives Martinez and the Kings a second championship in three seasons.
This is the second time in three years that Martinez’ Kings have lifted the sport’s ultimate prize. In 26 games, Martinez tallied 10 points on five goals and five assists while finishing with a +1 rating. Three of his five goals were game-winners, the most dramatic of which was when he cashed in a rebound with 5:17 left in double overtime to end the 2013-14 season on Friday night. He also scored the series clinching overtime goal in game seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Martinez is the first former RedHawk to win multiple Stanley Cups. His team’s victory marks the fourth season since the 2003-04 campaign that saw a former RedHawk hoist the Stanley Cup. Dan Boyle broke the seal in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kevyn Adams lifted the trophy with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Martinez etched his name on the trophy for the first time in 2012.
The Stanley Cup victory comes as a fitting end to a breakout season for Martinez. A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Martinez played in a career-high 61 games and responded in kind with 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists. Each of those totals set or matched his previous career bests. He also posted a career-best +17 rating while only serving 14 penalty minutes.
Martinez logged 123 games over three seasons at Miami, totaling 67 career points on 21 goals and 46 assists with the Red and White. He earned All-America honors following his 2007-08 junior season, when he posted 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists en route to First-Team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association and CCHA Defensive Defenseman of the Year honors.
Alec Martinez' Stanley Cup Winning Goal