Joining the Philadelphia Flyers at development camp this year is 5-8, 162-lb forward, Danick Martel. Picked up by the Flyers as a free agent in March, he spent the 2014-15 season with the Blainsville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. In 64 games, Martel tallied a notable 102 points, 48 of which were goals.
Martel, who served as an alternate captain of the Armada in his fourth and final season, finished as the second leading-scorer in the QMJHL. With hard work and determination, he was able to lead his team to a first-place finish in their Division.
He explained that his speed and work ethic are his best assets.
“I’m always a good worker. In juniors, if you work hard you are going to be good. I need to bring that this year too," said Martel.
Not only does Martel exemplify remarkable offensive skills on the ice, he works hard to grow as a person off the ice as well. His former coach, Joel Bouchard, showed him the importance of developing as a person in both aspects.
“With the coach we have, we need to be a good person off the ice and on the ice. That’s what I learned more in juniors, so when I’m coming here I just want to be a good guy off the ice and on.”
The proof of that came when he was honored with the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award and the QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year Award, in addition to being named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team in his final year.
With having accomplished all that, the 20 year-old native of Drummondville, Quebec signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers on March 10.
After his season with the Armada ended, he spent five games with the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Lehigh Valley. With no fear or intimidation in his mind, Martel showed how he can fit in with the pros despite his smaller frame. His first goal came in just his second game with the Phantoms, which contributed to a 4-1 win over Hershey.
“The game is quicker, the game is bigger. I learned how the pros work, so that was the best experience for me last year,” said Martel of his five-game stint in Allentown.
Fast forwarding to development camp, Martel of course wants to learn and continue to improve his game to be a valuable member of the organization. Although the camp is only half complete, he speaks highly of the valuable skills and knowledge he has already gained.
When he goes home for the rest of the summer, he said he will practice just as hard as he is this week. He believes the dynamics of camp and how everyone works together to show their skills, regardless of whether they were a first-round draft pick or a free agent.
“We are all equal here and we need to do our way of play. They need to follow me, I need to follow them, and that’s how it works here”.
Now that Martel’s time in the Q has come to an end, he looks forward to what the future has in store for him. His goal, as in the goal of every person in this camp one day, is to play in the NHL and with the Flyers. With Martel’s maturity, confidence, and skill set, he proves why he was signed by the Flyers.
“For sure, I want to be with the Flyers. Maybe the next year with the Phantoms and after that we will see.”