• After breaking out in 2008-09, his second season in Ottawa, with 23 goals in 53 games, Martindale settled into more of a play-making role this season – tallying 41 assists in 64 games.
• He had an advantage that most young hockey players do not, his father was a goalie for the Toronto Marlboros in the OHA (1979-83) – “It’s an advantage because (my dad) knows the goalie’s tendencies and he’s really helped me out in how to score and what to do and the best places to shoot.”
• Martindale, whose favorite athlete is Joe Sakic, wore number seven in minor hockey because his father was a big fan of Phil Esposito. He wears number 77 in Ottawa because seven is retired (number worn by Doug Wilson and Denis Potvin).
• His pre-game rituals include showering as soon as he gets to the rink, putting on his skates before his pants and listening to his iPod.
NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Alex Ovechkin
Goal celebration: “Drag my hand along the ice”
Video Game: NHL ‘10
Movie: Miracle and Friday Night Lights
TV Show: Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Actor: Russell Crowe
Cartoon: Family Guy
Book: The Moment I First Believed
Pump-up song: “Accidents” by Alexisonfire
Restaurant: The Keg
Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Activity away from the rink: Watch movies, Golf
Breakfast food: Steak and eggs