North Stars pick up D man Keenan Martens

The Battlefords North Stars added a D man yesterday acquiring Keenan Martens from the Nipawin Hawks.

With Kyle Schmidt playing well in Saskatoon the Stars needed to add a defenseman to the mix as they were carrying just 6 D men on the roster. In order to improve the depth of that area of the team the North Stars snapped up Martens.

Martens was on waivers and was claimed by the North Stars in exchange for future considerations. Coach Hasselberg explained this deal to me this morning when we spoke. You can hear what he had to say on the noon sports on CJNB/CJNS. But basically the way it works is that Martens was being traded out of province for cash and when that happens other teams in the SJHL can claim the player off waivers. And the futures in the move would then still be cash.

Martens is a talented offensive D man who was excellent against the North Stars in last season’s playoffs. He is also well known by the Stars and is familiar with some of the players on the roster so the Stars know that they are getting a quality person as well as player. Because of a need on the backend, the fact that they know the player well and because they know that Martens will be a great fit in the locker room the Stars snapped him up.

According to the release from the Stars, Martens will be with the team starting tomorrow at practice at the Civic Center. They face Yorkton on Wednesday.

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5 Comments

  1. hockeyfan

     /  October 22, 2012

    The stars stole him… Hes a real good defenceman. Very suprised we were able to get him for nothing..

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    • Yeah they got a good player. I didn’t even know about the waiver process to be honest. But they technically didn’t get him “for nothing”. They did give up futures.

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  2. hockeyfan

     /  October 22, 2012

    True, what I meant was its only cash and not a player.

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  3. Keenan is a great kid off the ice. He has great vision and is an offensive threat, if Kevin H. can get him to buy into the Stars defensive system he will be a great player for them!

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