Other International Stars
Seth Martin
Canada

Every young player must have someone to look up to, to idolize, to desire to become as good. Vladislav Tretiak had really no one to idolize in Russia, as Soviet goaltending had always been a weak point in their game prior to Tretiak's arrival. However, Tretiak, and for that matter much of the whole Soviet squad, became enamoured with the goaltending of Seth Martin.

Seth Martin played only a handful of NHL games, all with the 1968 expansion St. Louis Blues. He is best known for his international play during the 1960s. His most glorified moment came in Switzerland during the 1960 World Championships, as he backstopped the Trail Smoke Eaters to the World Championship.

The Smoke Eaters became legendary as they were the last Canadian team to win that prestigious tournament until the mid 1990's when a team made up of NHLers not involved in the NHL playoffs.

Most people in Canada don't have a clue who Seth Martin is however. The Russians new him very well during their international clashes in the 1960s. He routinely impressed them with his consistency and style. They respected him and feared him perhaps more than any other Canadian amateur during this time period. They though of Martin as being the supreme goaltender, and copied his style to train Vladislav Tretiak. Martin would become a defining role model for Tretiak and Soviet goalies of the future.

Seth Martin is a charter member of the International Hockey Hall of Fame.

From the authors of 1972 Summit Series.com:  

The History of the Canada Cup and 
The World Cup of Hockey

In Bookstores Everywhere October 2002