Martin Gélinas

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Martin Gélinas
Born(1970-06-05) June 5, 1970 (age 43)
Shawinigan, QC, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forSC Bern (Swiss)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Calgary Flames (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Quebec Nordiques (NHL)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
National team Canada
NHL Draft7th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career1988–2008
 
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Martin Gélinas
Born(1970-06-05) June 5, 1970 (age 43)
Shawinigan, QC, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forSC Bern (Swiss)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Calgary Flames (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Quebec Nordiques (NHL)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
National team Canada
NHL Draft7th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career1988–2008

Martin Gélinas (French pronunciation: ​[ʒeliˈna]; born June 5, 1970) is a former professional ice hockey forward and currently an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Gelinas made a splash in 1987–88 with the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL with a 63-goal, 131-point campaign. His season made him the CHL Rookie of the Year and the seventh overall choice by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Gelinas never played for the Kings. However, two months after the draft, on August 9, 1988, he was included in the celebrated "Gretzky Trade" that sent Gelinas, Los Angeles' star young center Jimmy Carson, the Kings's first round choices in 1989, 1991 and 1993 entry drafts, and a reported $15 million cash to Edmonton in exchange for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Gelinas played six games for the Oilers in 1988, before being sent back to the Olympiques. In his first full season in 1989–90, Gelinas had 25 points in 46 games, and won his only Stanley Cup as a member of the Oilers, beating the Boston Bruins. Along with Joe Murphy and Adam Graves, he made up a popular Oilers' forward line known as 'The Kid Line.' His Oilers career was a bit of a letdown, however, and his best season was a 40 point effort in 1990–91. Gelinas was the last active player from the 1980s Oilers dynasty in the NHL.

He was traded to the Quebec Nordiques during the 1993 NHL Entry Draft for Scott Pearson, and he lasted only 31 games for Quebec before being claimed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks. The move proved to be a good one for the Canucks, as Gelinas was a factor in the Canucks' 1994 postseason run. Though they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers in 7 games, He had a strong career in Vancouver during his four-year tenure there. His best season came in 1996–97 when he scored 35 goals and 68 points, highlighted by a four-goal game, and being voted the team's Most Valuable Player after the season. However, a slow start the next season due to injury made him expendable to the Canucks, and the fan favorite was traded by de facto General Manager Mike Keenan along with goaltender Kirk McLean to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 3, 1998.

Gelinas (left) talks with former teammate Craig Conroy during the alumni game at the 2011 Heritage Classic.

His Hurricanes career lasted four and a half seasons, and he was a role player who was primarily relied on for his penalty killing. His best season on the Hurricanes came in 2001–02 with 52 points, but his most memorable moment with the franchise came in the 2002 playoffs, when Gelinas scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Hurricanes their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Their run ended after losing in five games to the Detroit Red Wings. He signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames after the season ended.

Gelinas proved to be a bargain in his first season in Calgary. He notched 52 points and was one of the best players for the team that season. However, he would be the factor for another underdog team in 2004. The Flames entered that season missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons. They had a strong season that included efforts from longtime star Jarome Iginla and new goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. The postseason proved that Gelinas could perform in the clutch, as he scored the series-clinching goal in each of the playoff series leading to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gelinas may have scored a go-ahead goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals with the Flames leading 3–2 in the series, but the shot, which deflected off Gelinas' skate onto Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin's pad, went unreviewed and play was allowed to continue with no goal awarded.

Gelinas is almost unique in NHL history, having scored three playoff series-clinching goals in the same year (the only other player to do so was Ken Linseman), two of them in overtime. In fact, had a very close call in the third period of Game Six in the Finals not been disallowed by the referee, Gelinas might have scored all four series-clinching goals that year. Thanks to his clutch play, the Flames not only proved critics wrong by making the postseason and earning a Finals berth for the first time in 15 years, but also earning the unofficial moniker, "The Eliminator". Gelinas is one of the few players to have reached the Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams, having a major impact in every one of them.

During the locked-out 2004–05 season, Gelinas played in the Swiss league for HC Lugano and Morges.

On August 2, 2005, Gelinas agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million deal to play for the Florida Panthers. While Florida missed the playoffs in both years Gelinas was with them, he proved to be one of their consistent and dependable players, having played all 164 regular season games over the two seasons and scoring over 40 points in both seasons as well.

On July 26, 2007, Gelinas signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Nashville Predators. The Predators made the playoffs that season, however Gelinas missed 25 games and the Predators' first round series in which they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.

On November 3, 2008, Gelinas signed a two-week tryout contract to with Swiss Nation League's SC Bern. Gelinas stuck with the club and played 27 games, scoring 15 goals and 22 points in those games.

For the 2009-10 season Gelinas was the Predators director of player development.

On June 13, 2012, Gelinas signed with the Calgary Flames to be an assistant coach under new head coach Bob Hartley.

Family[edit]

His son, Matthew (born October 10, 1995) plays left wing with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.[1]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1987–88Hull OlympiquesQMJHL656368131741715183332
1988–89Edmonton OilersNHL61230
1988–89Hull OlympiquesQMJHL4138397731954914
1989–90Edmonton OilersNHL461782530202356
1990–91Edmonton OilersNHL73202040341836925
1991–92Edmonton OilersNHL68111829621513410
1992–93Edmonton OilersNHL6511122330
1993–94Quebec NordiquesNHL3166128
1993–94Vancouver CanucksNHL338816262454914
1994–95Vancouver CanucksNHL461310233630110
1995–96Vancouver CanucksNHL8130265659611212
1996–97Vancouver CanucksNHL7435336842
1997–98Vancouver CanucksNHL2444810
1997–98Carolina HurricanesNHL4012142630
1998–99Carolina HurricanesNHL761315286760332
1999–00Carolina HurricanesNHL8114163040
2000–01Carolina HurricanesNHL792329525960116
2001–02Carolina HurricanesNHL72131629302334710
2002–03Calgary FlamesNHL8121315251
2003–04Calgary FlamesNHL761718357026871535
2004–05HC LuganoSwiss A10000
2004–05HC Forward-Morges SASwiss B4138236181
2005–06Florida PanthersNHL8217244180
2006–07Florida PanthersNHL8214304436
2007–08Nashville PredatorsNHL579112020
2008-09SC BernNational League A2715722------
NHL totals1273309351660820147233356120

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Preceded by
Wayne McBean
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
1988
Succeeded by
Darryl Sydor