Tonight will be Alec Martinez’s first hockey game in Ohio in almost three years. Martinez spent three seasons at Miami University of Ohio, which is about a two-hour drive southwest of Columbus. Martinez still has some friends on the college team, players who were freshmen when Martinez left school after his junior season. “I don’t know if any of my buddies are going to be able to make it, because they don’t get out of the rink until about 5:30,” Martinez said. Martinez still has a connection to the school, as he is fulfilling a promise to his parents to get a college degree while still playing pro hockey…

MARTINEZ: “I’m pretty close. I’m about a semester away now. I’m just kind of chipping away during the summer, chipping away with online classes. I’ll get it eventually. I promised my parents I would, so I have to. … I’m an accounting major. A lot of people find it boring. I don’t know, I guess it is kind of boring, but it’s all right. Everyone always needs an accountant. They have a pretty good business school, and I hated finance, so that was kind of my only option. It’s cool to come back here. Going to school there, I watched a lot of Blue Jackets games. I know a few people around here in Columbus, so it’s somewhat of a homecoming.”

Since being called up from the AHL on Nov. 23, Martinez has been in the lineup for every game and has played 36 games, averaging more than 16 minutes per game in his rookie season.

MARTINEZ: “I’m just trying to get better every day. I’m watching the other guys, a lot of the older guys. I can learn a lot from them, both on and off the ice. So I just observe when I can, learn when I can and try to get better every day. It sounds cliche, but that’s the best way to go about it.”

Question: It’s been you and Matt Greene for a while. Do you feel like there’s some chemistry on the ice there?

MARTINEZ: “I think that we’ve got some good chemistry going. There are little things that, when you start playing with each other for a while, you know where they’re going to be at certain times, things like that. So we’re just getting comfortable with each other. I think we’ve got a good thing going. We’ve just got to keep it going.”

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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