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Former Piston Commits to Lakehead University

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Laurie Anderson

Three-season Manitoba Junior Hockey League import Brendan Martin has committed to play the 2019-20 season for Lakehead University.

Former Piston Commits to Lakehead University

The former Portage Terrier, Waywayseecappo Wolverine and Steinbach Piston has agreed to terms on a student-athlete deal with the Thunderwolves for the upcoming hockey season. After leading the Pistons in scoring last year, Martin determined it was “time to go home”, and committed to the university best associated to the city in which he was born, Thunder Bay.

“As a hometown kid, I’ve always wanted to play for the Thunderwolves,” Martin said in a team-issued media release. “I can’t wait to get things started and contribute to the success of the team.” The 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward played his midget hockey with the Fort William Hurricanes and the Kenora Thistles from 2013-16, before beginning his play in the MJHL. 

Despite starting the 2016-17 season with the Portage Terriers, Martin quickly found himself on the move to Wayway, where he put up 21 goals and 46 points in 52 games with the Wolverines. His 2017-18 season was split between Wayway and Steinbach, where he totalled just 16 goals and 29 points in 48 games. Martin rebounded with an ultra-successful 2018-19 campaign, one in which he exploded for 31 goals, 58 points and 86 penalty minutes in the regular season before posting four goals and eight points in 12 playoff games for the Pistons. 

“Brendan had a strong finish to his junior career,” said Thunderwolves Head Coach Andrew Wilkins in the media release. “He’s a real scoring threat with a lot of offensive upside and we look forward to his future here at Lakehead.”

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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