By Paul Krotz/OHL
Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads etched his name in the record books at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Wednesday night in Halifax.
Martin made 16 saves and combined with Rimouski Oceanic netminder Philippe Desrosiers to record the first ever shutout victory in the 18-year history of this event, backstopping Team Orr to a 3-0 victory.
“It was awesome, I have a lot of good memories here,” Martin said after the 3-0 win over Team Cherry. “We kind of joked around all week about getting a combined shutout, I think the whole team helped out with this one and we owe a lot of credit to the forwards and the defence for coming back. This is an experience I will remember forever.”
Martin, a 17-year-old from Oakville, ON, is the fifth ranked goaltender by NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 NHL Draft which takes place this June in New Jersey. He is described as a competitive goalie with ‘cat like’ quickness who has excellent drive and determination.
A total of 16 OHL players competed in the annual showcase with eight divided amongst each team.
Here’s a look back at some other top OHL performers from the past 17-years of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game:
2012 – Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 17 saves as Player of the Game for Team Cherry despite 2-1 loss in Kelowna.
2011 – Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals) – 2A for Team Orr in 7-1 win in Toronto.
2010 – Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers) – 1G 1A as Player of the Game for Team Orr in 4-2 loss in Windsor.
2009 – Taylor Beck (Guelph Storm) – GWG for Team Orr in 6-1 win in Oshawa.
2008 – Josh Bailey (Windsor Spitfires) – 2G for Team Fuhr/Anderson in 8-4 win in Edmonton.
2007 – Akim Aliu (Sudbury Wolves) 2A for Team Burns/Bergeron in 5-3 win in Quebec City.
2006 – Bryan Little (Barrie Colts) 2G as Player of the Game for Team Orr in 7-2 win in Ottawa.
2005 – Radek Smolenak (Kingston Frontenacs) 1G 1A for Team Cherry in 8-4 win in Vancouver.
2004 – Robbie Schremp (London Knights) 1G 2A as Player of the Game for Team Orr in 5-2 win in London.
2003 – Danny Fritsche (Sarnia Sting) GWG as Player of the Game for Team Cherry in 4-3 win in Kitchener.
2002 – James Wisniewski (Plymouth Whalers) 1A for Team Hrudey in 7-4 win in Saskatoon.
2001 – Derek Roy (Kitchener Rangers) 1G 1A as Player of the Game for Team Cherry despite 5-3 loss in Calgary.
2000 – Raffi Torres (Brampton Battalion) 2A for Team Orr in 6-3 win in Toronto.
1999 – Chris Kelly (London Knights) GWG as first star for Team Orr in 4-3 win in Calgary.
1998 – Jonathan Cheechoo (Belleville Bulls) GWG as Player of the Game for Team Cherry in 4-2 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.
1997 – Jeff Zehr (Windsor Spitfires) 2G for Team Orr in 7-2 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.
1996 – Boyd Devereaux (Kitchener Rangers) 1A for Team Orr despite 9-3 loss at Maple Leaf Gardens.
For more information about the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax including news, rosters, along with historical event scores and statistics please visit www.homehardwaretopprospects.ca.