SBOTD Presents: LA Kings Defenseman, Alec Martinez
Sports Star Spotlight Presents: LA Kings Defenseman, Alec Martinez @amartinez_27 on Twitter
With the NHL finally back in action, so who better to feature than the young babe of the defending Stanley cup champions, the LA Kings? Today’s Sports Star Spotlight is King’s sexy 25-year-old defenseman Alec Martinez. Yes ladies he is single, and yes he now officially has his Stanley Cup ring! If you are able to carry on a good conversation over the dinner table, this stud believes that’s the best first date and the best way to get to know you. To further your wonders if you are Alec’s perfect match here’s the check list ladies: funny, smart, knows the game, and independent. Think you’ve got them?
Alec spent his early years with Northern California playing with the Santa Clara Blackhawks and the San Jose Jr. Sharks, which lead to our stud earning four varsity letters at Stoney Creek High School in Michigan. Playing juniors with the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders, Alec achieved his goal of playing D-I college hockey. Attending the University of Miami, Ohio, Alec not only has skills on the ice but brains off the ice. Studying accounting in Miami’s amazing business school our 6’1” babe is slowly but surely living out his promise to his parents by finishing his degree in his free time. Alec has not let making it in the show change anything about him.
In college Alec made his presence known on the ice, with great transitions up the ice as well as many assists and goals over his three years with the Red Hawks. Experiencing a first time Stanley Cup win with the Kings is his proudest achievement in his progressing career (we completely agree, it must be amazing to be apart of the King’s history). Wanting to share his day with the cup, Alec took it home to Dallas where he had a party with close friends, family, and coaches who played a huge role in his success. Talk about levelheaded! On top of all that, Alec supports and has appeared in a video supporting You Can Play, a campaign to fight homophobia in sports. Dream on with Alec’s 22 questions–
22 Questions with Alec Martinez:
1. First and foremost, we all are dying to know…are you single, dating, or locked down?
I am single.
2. At what age did you start playing hockey? When did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally? Did anyone have some influence on your decision to go pro?
I started skating when I was 3 years old and started playing organized hockey when I was 5. It was always a dream of mine to play in the NHL, but it wasn’t until college that I realized I had a legitimate opportunity to do so. My decision to leave school early was my own, but I did have the support from my family. But they did make me promise that if I left early, I would eventually get my degree! (Currently working on that…
3. Up until this point, what is your proudest achievement in both your career and life?
As a single guy that hasn’t been married or had kids yet, my proudest achievement is definitely winning the Stanley Cup last year. It was an unbelievable experience and to be a part of the first team to do it in Los Angeles was really special.
4. When you were playing youth hockey what coach reinforced your love of the game and how did they do that?
I think for any player that has reached this level, there are probably two or three coaches that played a big role in their success. For me personally, I had a coach named Larry Cahn when I was in high school that reinvigorated my love for the game after a couple not-so-great years. For a lot of young athletes, I think there is a transition period where your sport becomes more than just something that you play to have fun on the weekends. He taught me a lot about that and how to work on my game to eventually have the opportunity to play at the next level.
5. Each athlete has some way to mentally prepare for a game…what is your method before the game and how do you stay mentally focused during a game?
It sounds a little weird, but before the game I like to do positive visualization. I will usually mentally go through certain plays that usually occur often in the game for me, for example- going back for pucks, breaking out, walking the blueline, etc.
6. What if any obstacles have you overcome during your career?
I don’t think my obstacles are much different than that of a lot of the players in the league. Whether it is injuries, fighting to get back or stay in the lineup, or getting sent down, it all helps you become a better player.
7. Do you have a crazy pregame ritual or meal?
I definitely have a pregame routine, but I’m not very superstitious. If something happens and I have to change something up or do something out of the ordinary, it doesn’t really bother me. I’d say mine is pretty standard – chicken and pasta for lunch and a nap before the game.
8. Who was your role model growing up?
I had two role models growing up – the first being my parents, and secondly, Nicklas Lidstrom. My parents are the hardest workers I’ve ever known and Lidstrom is obviously one of best, if not the best, defenseman of all time. Growing up in Detroit and a Wings fan, Lidstrom was pretty easy to watch on a regular basis.
9. Where is your favorite place to play on the road? Why?
My favorite place to play on the road is in Detroit. I have a lot of memories at Joe Louis Arena between going to Wings games when I was younger to playing there in youth hockey and in college.
10. If we were to look at your top 3 songs played on your ipod, what would they be?
I don’t necessarily have three favorite songs, but I’m a big fan of country music. My favorite is Eric Church, hands down. I also like Jason Aldean and Gary Allan. I know this makes four artists, but I’m also a big Bruce Springsteen fan.
11. How would best you describe yourself in three words?
Reserved at first, hardworking, and honest.
12. Would your teammates/friends agree with the last questions? If not how would they describe you in three words?
Haha I’m sure they would.
13. If you were not a hockey player what would you be doing?
I have absolutely no idea what I’d be doing if I didn’t have hockey. It’s a scary thought, actually. Maybe something business related?
14. I know you went to Miami of Ohio, what did you study?
I majored in Accounting. Boring, I know, but there will always be a need for it! Plus, Miami has a really good business school.
15. On that note, where do you see yourself after you hockey career?
I imagine I will stay involved in the game in some way, whether it being coaching, scouting or something else. But like I said before, I honestly have no idea. Being a stay-at-home dad wouldn’t be bad either!
16. What is your perfect ideal woman?
She has to be smart, funny, like hockey, and independent. I think it’s important to have a life and friendships outside of your relationship.
17. Many girls are just dying to know where they would get taken on a first date…what is your idea of an impressionable first date?
For a first date, I usually like going to a nice dinner. A lot of people opt for a movie, but I don’t think that’s a good way to get to know somebody. I think you can learn a lot about someone when you sit down and have a meal with them. An impressionable first date would be a girl that I could have a good conversation with and one that would be able to make me laugh.
18. What is one thing that can turn your mood around instantly?
Either good music, a good movie, or anything that can make for a good laugh.
19. Do you have any pets?
I have a dog named Hank. I actually just adopted him before Christmas. He’s a Blue Heeler/Beagle mix. He’s a great dog as long as he’s not relieving himself in the corner of my bedroom!
20. Most athletes love their cars…what kind of car do you drive now and what is your dream car?
I have a BMW 5 Series. I’m not a huge car guy, so I don’t necessarily have a dream car. I would like to eventually buy my dad a Corvette someday, though.
21. Do you have a favorite quote/motto that you take to heart?
Benjamin Franklin said, “There’s no larger waste of a resource than that of unrealized talent.” It bothers me when someone has the talent to do something special, but it goes wasted because they don’t work hard to achieve it.
22. Who would you feature as our next Sports Star Spotlight?
I would without a doubt recommend my roommate, Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25). He’s a pretty funny guy and I can guarantee his interview will make you laugh!
Follow our babe Alec on Twitter @amartinez_27 to keep up with him during the shortened NHL season!
(Photo Credit: Alec Martinez & Getty Images)