The Washington Stealth announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Eric Martin, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League. Martin is a long-time member of the Stealth organization, and an integral part of a Stealth defense that led the team to its second straight Western Division title in 2011.
Martin, a 6’2”, 220-pound lefty, has spent all of his seven NLL seasons with the Stealth. He’s made a name for himself as a tenacious one-on-one defender with a propensity to push the ball into the offensive end. In each of the last six seasons, Martin has accumulated ten or more points, including 17 points (5g, 12a) in 2011, good for fourth among NLL defensemen. He also grabbed 92 loose balls and forced 18 turnovers in 13 regular season games.
“Eric is a tremendous competitor and has developed into one of the top defensemen in the NLL,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “While his statistics speak for themselves, what the numbers don’t show is his commitment, passion and work ethic and we could not be happier to have him wearing a Stealth jersey into the foreseeable future.”
Martin, 29, was drafted by the Stealth in the second round (12th overall) of the 2004 NLL Entry draft. In 102 career regular season games, Martin has accumulated 98 points (24g, 74a) and currently sits in second on the Stealth’s All-Time loose balls list with 782. In the playoffs, he has 11 points (3g, 8a) in 11 games and is tops on the Stealth’s All-Time playoff loose balls list with 83. Martin has eclipsed the 100-loose balls mark in five of his seven seasons. He put together an All-Star for the Stealth in 2008, posting career-highs in goals (9), points (19) and loose balls (151).
The Stealth opens play in the 2012 season at home on January 14, when the team squares off against the Calgary Roughnecks in a rematch of the 2011 Western Division Final. Season tickets for the 2012 season start at less than $100 and can be purchased by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or by emailing email@example.com
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