In what seems more like a typo than a real statistic, GWLHL Hall Of Famer Greg Martin this week became the first ever player in league history to play in 800 career games (regular season and playoffs). In typical Greg Martin fashion he completed the feat playing in the second of back to back games this past Thursday subbing for Yellow in the early game for his 799th career game before suiting up for his own team Orange in the late game to reach the 800th game played milestone. Unfortunately for Greg, while he was able to come away with the 4-3 win in game 799 he was on the wrong end of a 4-3 loss in game 800.
How did Greg celebrate his 800th games played milestone you might ask? The only way he knows how...by playing in 3 of the 4 games at Hockey Day in Canada this past Saturday in frigid -30 wind-chills. Upon hearing that Martin planned to play in 3 games in surface-of-Mars-like temperatures most of Greg's fellow GWLHLers reacted with a mixture of amazement, bewilderment, and awe that he would voluntarily subject himself to such a thing. But hey, you don't get to 800 games played by saying no to those lucrative subbing opportunities, no matter what the temperature! When asked what in godís name he was thinking taking on 3 games in such freezing cold weather Greg replied "Prefer sub-arctic temps to saving monkeys in Ecuador!" Well said Greg, well said.
Congratulations to Greg on reaching this amazing milestone. Your love of and commitment to both the game and league are second to none!
Greg Martin Stats & Facts:
Games played: 803 and counting (Next closest: Gerry Boss 709 and Ed Hunter 698)
Seasons played: 30
Average Games played per season: about 27
Career points: 23 assists...still waiting for that first goal
Career points per game: 0.0286
Career PIMs: 6 (all by accident no doubt)
Last season he didn't lead the league in games played: 2011-2012
GWLHL HOF Induction: 2007
3 time Ken Richardson Award winner: 1995, 1998, and 2014
Odds of Greg playing game #1000 sometime in the year 2025: -500