Former St. Louis Blues goaltender and International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame member Seth Martin died on September 6 at 81 years of age. He helped Canada win the World Championship in 1961, made Glenn Hall his first goalie mask — and was an inspiration to a young Vladislav Tretiak.
From The Hockey News:
“I had also found a hero in hockey, a Canadian goaltender named Seth Martin,” [Tretiak] wrote in his autobiography.
Martin didn’t actually meet the Russian superstar until 1997, when he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
“We talked a lot,” Martin said. “He always says, ’Oh, you were my ‘ee-dol’ for idol, that kind of thing. It felt nice to get compliments from someone like that.”
Hearing that Martin — a one-year NHLer with the Blues who achieved fame at the amateur and international levels — was an idol to Tretiak reminded me of “The Idols” subset in the 1992-93 Pinnacle Hockey set . Those cards showed a photo of a current player superimposed over a sepia-toned photo of their hockey idol.
I always thought these cards looked great, and found it cool that arguably the best goalie to ever play idolized a guy who played mainly amateur and minor league hockey. Thus, I was inspired to make this card of Martin and Tretiak together.
For more about Seth Martin’s career, please check out this great article The Hockey News published about him a few days ago.