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Purple Pipe: Jeff Martin

Dallas Curow/Gazette
THE ICE... THE FIRE... THE FIGHT... TO BE THE BEST. This week’s Purple Pipe winner Jeff Martin shares the same inspiration as Rob Lowe in 1986s Youngblood.

This week's Purple Pipe winner Jeff Martin had an impressive weekend. In the Western men's hockey team's two weekend victories, Martin racked up eight points.

In Friday's win over Toronto he had three goals -all coming on the power play- and an assist, as the Mustangs came back from a 7-3 deficit to win 9-8. In Saturday's 14-4 victory over Ryerson, Martin scored another two goals and added two more assists.

In only six games this season, He has 10 goals and four assists, placing him in the top 10 in Ontario University Athletics for scoring.

This weekend, the team travels to Kingston for games against Queen's and Royal Military College, their last before the Christmas break.

-Ian Denomme

Jock Talk with Jeff Martin

How long have you been playing hockey?
Since I was five or six. My parents started me off skating on the river in Stratford.

What brought you to Western?
I played in Windsor in the OHL for five years. When I finished, I wanted to stay close to home. I could have gone to school out east but I wanted to stay close.

What attributes do you bring to the team?
A lot of injuries. I think I’ve injured every part of my body. Other than that, I just do what I can. I bring a little bit of scoring, but my best attribute is my back checking.

Who’s your favourite team and player?
Obviously the Leafs. But my favourite player would have to be [Joe] Sakic — that guy’s unreal.

How’s Mike making out? (Jeff’s older brother Mike is a draft pick of the Calgary Flames and won the AHL’s Calder Cup with the Saint John’s Flames.)
He’s doing well. He’s playing in the Russian Elite League, making a whole lot of money. He’s playing well, but his team isn’t making out too well.

What impact does his career have on you?
Being his younger brother, it’s been fun to watch him make it. I’ve followed in his footsteps a bit. It’s nice to have a big brother to look up to.

What’s your favourite hockey movie?
Most guys would say Slap Shot, but I think I’ve seen it one too many times. I’d go with Youngblood.

How would you feel about building a rink in TD Waterhouse Stadium for a game?
Bring it on. As long as we could fill the stands the way they did in Edmonton. It would be awesome.

—Ian Denomme



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