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Spotlight On Local Athlete : Bryce Martin

 

In the last 19 years Bryce Martin has worked diligently to build his hockey skills to a high level which has now paid off for the Fort Erie local.

Before his professional career Martin started playing tyke with the Ridgeway Minor Hockey league working his way into select, travel, and then Junior level hockey.

For three seasons Martin dawned the Orange and Black for local Junior B team the Fort Erie Meteors which he was also an Assistant Captain for in his second season.

In his third season for the Meteors Martin got picked up to play Junior A by the Cobourg Cougars and Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for a stint before returning to the Meteors as Captain. After the playoffs finished for the Meteors that year Martin got called up once more for a third team in the OJHL and played the playoffs with the Trenton Golden Hawks.

The Golden Hawks won and proceeded to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Allowing them to play in the prestigious RBC Cup. From there Martin stayed in Jr A for his last season as a junior. Playing again for the Tigers before getting traded back to the Cougars.

After his season with the OJHL Martin played for the Whalers in Port Colborne as Captain. Racking up 64 points in 34 games. Which all led him to his current professional dreams now.

Martin is in his first year as a professional hockey player. He signed with the Federal Prospects Hockey League in October as an Elmira Enforcer. Playing 17 games with them with a small setback with an upper body injury before Christmas. After injury took hold he worked hard to get back out there and be just as strong catching the eye of the Southern Professional Hockey League in early February.

Martin is now playing in the SPHL for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs as one of the youngest players on Roster. Though the young defenseman has played 7 games this month with the dawgs he is a natural fit for the older team. With a fight, an assist and a +/- of +1 there looks to be promise ahead for Martin in Roanoke and his professional career.