A Look At:  St. Marys Lincoln Ryan Martin – by C. Scott Holland

Youth – it’s the essence of all GOJHL teams and for many having a few 16 year-olds sets the stage to build for the future. St. Marys Lincolns defenseman Ryan Martin is one of those young players. He got a small taste of GOJHL action in 2014/15 when he was a member of the London Jr. Knights AAA minor midgets and got called up to play three games with the London Nationals.

But he is now with the Lincolns who have undergone numerous changes not only in the roster but with the head coaching position as well.

As a high school student at Beal, Ryan says, “I’m committed to getting more work done during school hours so I have more time at night (for hockey).” With a regimen like that he is sure to handle any obstacles that come his way.

His role model is “Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Duncan Keith, because, “He plays a good two-way game.”

Things are already looking up for the 6′ rookie. He has been named to play in the 2015/16 Top Prospects game on December 28th at Guelph’s Sleeman Centre. The 185 lbs. rearguard has notched three goals this season – two of them coming on the powerplay – and added eight assists while taking only six minutes in penalties. Add to that the fact he was selected in the 5th round of the OHL 2015 Priority Draft by the Erie Otters and one can see that scouts have him pegged with a bright future.

His favourite rink? “St. Marys Pyramid Rec Centre,” he states. “Because it’s my ‘home’ rink.”

There is no question that he is like many other GOJHL players in disliking, “Strathroy, because it’s small.”

He feels he has much to offer the Lincolns, but feels, “My work ethic and speed are my main assets.”

Improvement is always a concern of GOJHL players and he has already figured out what he needs to work on. “I need to be more physical,” he admits.

As a player who looks to move upward in his hockey career, he says, “Ten years from now I hope to still be playing hockey at a high level.” But if that doesn’t happen, he plans on being “a physiotherapist.”

The Lincolns, and GOJHL wish Ryan continued success in all his scholastic and hockey endeavours and hope that his stringent work ethic aids him in obtaining his goal(s).

(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography – Strathroy Rockets facebook)

C.C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan. He can be reached at: cttocsh1@yahoo.ca

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