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Four-time All-Star Hubert “Pit” Martin dies

MONTREAL (TICKER) —Hubert “Pit” Martin, a four-time NHL All-Star in the 1960s and ’70s, died as a result of a snowmobile accident. He was 64.

Marie-Josee Ouellet, a spokeswoman for the Quebec provincial police, said Martin was driving his vehicle on a lake in northwestern Quebec when the ice cracked and he plunged into the water.

A team of divers will attempt to retrieve Martin’s body on Monday.

Martin, who was set to turn 65 next week, played in 1,101 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks from 1963-79, registering 324 goals and 809 points. He was an All-Star in each campaign from 1971-74.

“This is a very sad day for the Blackhawks family. Pit was a wonderful human being and a mentor to me,” Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement.

“Growing up in the same town, I idolized him and then was very lucky to have a chance to play with him in the National Hockey League. He was such a great man that did so much for his family and the community. He is going to be missed by everyone in our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

In 1967, Martin was part of one of the most lopsided trades in league history, when he was shipped from Boston to Chicago in a deal that sent Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield to Boston.

The trade marked a turning point for the Bruins, who won Stanley Cups in 1969-70 and 1971-72.

Martin enjoyed his best season with the Blackhawks in 1972-73, collecting a career-high 90 points (29 goals, 61 assists).

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Updated Monday, Dec 1, 2008