CALGARY, AB – The Gatineau Olympiques hockey team will retire Martin Gelinas’ jersey number 20 on Friday, November 23rd in Gatineau at the Robert Guertin Centre as the Olympiques host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The jersey retirement will take place during a special pre-game ceremony with his parents in attendance.
“Marty has been a huge contributor to the Calgary Flames success, especially in the 2004 Stanley Cup run,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “We are thrilled to have him back in the Flames family as an assistant coach. We recognize what a great individual Marty is and are proud to see the Gatineau Olympiques honour him in this way. This is a nice tribute for a very good person. On behalf of the Calgary Flames and our ownership group, congratulations for this well deserved and distinguished honour.”
Martin made history with the Hull Olympiques by winning the President Cup in 1988 in his first season with the Olympiques. That same year, he was awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy given to the offensive rookie of the year in the QMJHL and the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year. At the Memorial Cup, he was awarded the George Parsons Trophy as the Most Sportsmanlike Player. He played a total of 132 games with the Olympiques scoring 121 goals and adding 129 assists for a total of 250 points.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Gelinas seventh overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. But Gelinas never suited up for the Kings. Two months after the draft, on August 9, 1988, he was included in the celebrated "Gretzky Trade" that sent Gelinas, Kings center Jimmy Carson, the team’s first round picks in the 1989, 1991 and 1993 entry drafts, and a reported $15 million in cash to Edmonton in exchange for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley.
In his first full NHL season in 1989–90, Gelinas won the Stanley Cup as Edmonton defeated the Boston Bruins in five games. Along with Joe Murphy and Adam Graves, he helped make up the popular Oilers' forward line known as “The Kid Line.”
He played the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the Flames, and tied an NHL record by scoring three playoff series-clinching goals in the same year – including two in overtime – during the Flames’ 2004 Stanley Cup run (and joining Ken Linseman in the record book in the process). “The Eliminator,” as Gelinas was known, is one just a handful of players to have reached the Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams. In his 19-year NHL career, Gelinas played in 1,273 games and scored 660 points with Edmonton, Quebec, Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary, Florida and Nashville.