After the departure of both Brock Crossthwaite (Nebraska-Omaha) and Lyndon Stanwood (Lake Forest College), the Rivermen had a couple big holes to fill between the pipes heading into the 2014-2015 BCHL season. Two weeks ago one of those needs was answered with the acquisition of 20 year-old veteran Tyrell King from the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers. And today another piece fell into place with the Riv trading for 95 born Darren Martin from the Battlefords North Stars in exchange for future considerations.
A native of Calgary, Martin stands 6’2″ and 190 pounds and just like King, brings some impressive numbers with him from Saskatchewan. In 22 appearances with the North Stars Martin went 12-7-1 with a 2.34 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Those are some pretty impressive stats for a rookie season in the CJHL. Prior to beginning his junior career, Martin played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Varsity Red AAA squad, so it’s a welcome back to BC of sorts for the 18 year-old.
I’ve had the chance to watch some of Martin’s game footage and perhaps what impresses me most is his confidence and poise in the net. He has good size as well and a good overall talent.
Heading into a new BCHL season, the Rivermen now have themselves plenty of Junior A experience in goal and a pair of goaltenders who have a proven track record of success, and that can never be underestimated.