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Born June 5, 1970 (1970-06-05) (age 39),
Shawinigan, QC, CAN
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs SC Bern (Swiss)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Calgary Flames (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Quebec Nordiques (NHL)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1988 – 2008

Martin Gélinas (French pronunciation: [ʒeliˈna]; born June 5, 1970) is a former professional ice hockey forward and the current director of player development with the Nashville Predators.


Playing career

Gelinas made a splash in 1987–88 with the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL with a 63-goal, 131-point campaign. His season made him the CHL Rookie of the Year and the seventh overall choice by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

But Gelinas never played for the Kings, however, as two months after the draft, on August 9, 1988, he was included in the celebrated "Gretzky Trade" that sent Gelinas, Los Angeles' star young center Jimmy Carson, the Kings's first round choices in 1989, 1991 and 1993 entry drafts, and a reported $15 million cash to Edmonton in exchange for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Gelinas played six games for the Oilers in 1988, before being sent back to the Olympiques. In his first full season in 1989–90, Gelinas had 25 points in 46 games, and won his only Stanley Cup as a member of the Oilers, beating the Boston Bruins. Along with Joe Murphy and Adam Graves, he was made up a popular Oilers' forward line known as 'The Kid Line.' His Oilers career was a bit of a letdown, however, and his best season was a 40 point effort in 1990–91. Gelinas was the last active player from the 1980s Oilers dynasty in the NHL.

He was traded to the Quebec Nordiques during the 1993 NHL Entry Draft for Scott Pearson, and he lasted only 31 games for Quebec before being claimed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks. The move proved to be a good one for the Canucks, as Gelinas was a factor in the Canucks' 1994 postseason run. Though they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers in 7 games, Gelinas himself had an opportunity to force overtime late in the deciding game. With Ranger goaltender Mike Richter at his mercy, Gelinas wristed the puck into the post, coming within an inch or two of tying the game. He had a strong career in Vancouver during his four year tenure there. His best season came in 1996–97 when he scored 35 goals and 68 points, highlighted by a four-goal game, and being voted the team's Most Valuable Player after the season. However, a slow start the next season due to injury made him expendable to the Canucks, and the fan favorite was traded along with goaltender Kirk McLean to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 3, 1998. The move was part of a general 'house-cleaning' of fan favorites done by then-de facto general manager Mike Keenan, a pattern of his over the years with several NHL teams.

His Hurricanes career lasted four and a half seasons, and he was a role player who was primarily relied on for his penalty killing. His best season on the Hurricanes came in 2001–02 with 52 points, but his most memorable moment with the franchise came in the 2002 playoffs, when Gelinas scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Hurricanes their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Their run ended after losing in five games to the Detroit Red Wings. He signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames after the season ended.

Gelinas proved to be a bargain in his first season in Calgary. He notched 52 points and was one of the best players for the team that season. However, he would be the factor for another underdog team in 2004. The Flames entered that season missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons. They had a strong season that included efforts from longtime star Jarome Iginla and new goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. The postseason proved that Gelinas could perform in the clutch, as he scored the series-clinching goal in each of the playoff series leading to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gelinas may have scored a go-ahead goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals with the Flames leading 3–2 in the series, but the shot, which deflected off Gelinas' skate onto Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin's pad, went unreviewed and play was allowed to continue with no goal awarded.

Gelinas is almost unique in NHL history, having scored three playoff series-clinching goals in the same year (the only other player to do so was Ken Linseman), two of them in overtime. In fact, had his now dubbed "Phantom Goal" in the overtime of Game Six in the Finals not been disallowed by the referee, Gelinas would have scored all four series-clinching goals that year. Thanks to his clutch play, the Flames not only proved critics wrong by making the postseason and earning a Finals berth for the first time in 15 years, but also earning the unofficial moniker, "The Eliminator". Gelinas is one of the few players to have reached the Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams, having a major impact in every one of them.

During the locked-out 2004–05 season, Gelinas played in the Swiss league for HC Lugano and Morges.

On August 2, 2005, Gelinas agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million deal to play for the Florida Panthers. While Florida missed the playoffs in both years Gelinas was with them, he proved to be one of their consistent and dependable players, having played all 164 regular season games over the two seasons and scoring over 40 points in both seasons as well.

On July 26, 2007, Gelinas signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Nashville Predators. The Predators made the playoffs that season, however Gelinas missed 25 games and the Predators' first round series in which they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.

On November 3, 2008, Gelinas signed a two-week tryout contract to with Swiss Nation League's SC Bern. Gelinas stuck with the club and played 27 games, scoring 15 goals and 22 points in those games.

For the 2009-10 season Gelinas is the Predators director of player development.


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 65 63 68 131 74 17 15 18 33 32
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 1 2 3 0
1988–89 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 41 38 39 77 31 9 5 4 9 14
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 17 8 25 30 20 2 3 5 6
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 20 20 40 34 18 3 6 9 25
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 11 18 29 62 15 1 3 4 10
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 11 12 23 30
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 31 6 6 12 8
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 8 8 16 26 24 5 4 9 14
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 13 10 23 36 3 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 30 26 56 59 6 1 1 2 12
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 35 33 68 42
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 4 4 8 10
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 40 12 14 26 30
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 13 15 28 67 6 0 3 3 2
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 14 16 30 40
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 23 29 52 59 6 0 1 1 6
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 13 16 29 30 23 3 4 7 10
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 21 31 52 51
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 76 17 18 35 70 26 8 7 15 35
2004–05 HC Lugano Swiss A 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 HC Forward-Morges SA Swiss B 41 38 23 61 81
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 82 17 24 41 80
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 82 14 30 44 36
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 57 9 11 20 20
NHL totals 1273 309 351 660 820 147 23 33 56 120

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