Communications student shows off talent for hockey



Derrick Martin (right, #28) poses with his team, the Florida Fury, inside FLA Live Arena. The team was invited to watch the Panthers play as a group. “My favorite goal-scorer is Jonathan Huberdeau [of the Panthers]. He is at the peak of his career right now and is easily one of the best, if not the best, players in the NHL,” Martin said.

Florida was not the ideal place for ice sports, but eighth grade communications major Derrick Martin did not let that stop him from pursuing his love of the sport.
“I started playing hockey because of a startup program created by the Florida Panthers,” Martin said. “I kept playing because I love the competitiveness of the sport. I love the rush you get from scoring goals.”
However, there were still times where the game became tough for the defenseman.
“One of the most frustrating things that happens on the ice is when you hit the post of the net when you could’ve scored. It hits a nerve when you know that you were only off by a half-inch, ” Martin said.
Despite the frustrations, Martin knew what he wanted to do with his hockey career and that, despite his many successes, there was still room for improvement.
Martin said, “I am working most on consistent stick-handling and skating, as skating is one of the most useful tools for any player, and stick handling allows easier control of the puck. I think that hard work and a focus on upping the intensity is a fantastic way to improve.”