According to Shaw Cable, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kevin Martin of Killam, Alberta was honoured by the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday evening. Martin dropped the puck in the Oil Kings' playoff game against the Portland Winterhawks in game four of the Western Hockey League Final.
Martin, who skipped Canada to a gold medal in men's curling at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, announced his retirement from competition last month. Martin can look back at his career with fond memories. He has been one of the world's best curlers over the last two decades.
Among his other accomplishments have been winning an Olympic silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, representing Alberta at 12 Briers, and winning the 2008 World Men's Curling Championships in Grand Forks. Martin plans to stay active in the sport of curling however, as starting next season he will be an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet for the network's coverage of the grand slam events on the World Curling Tour. Martin will be taking over from Richard Hart on Sportsnet, who is coming out of retirement to reunite with Glenn Howard.
The Oil Kings also honoured another Canadian Olympic gold medalist on Wednesday. Former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth, who won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, was recognized on the jumbotron during the third period and received a thunderous applause from the Edmonton crowd of only 7,859.
The Oil Kings won the game 2-0 to tie the best out of seven series at two games apiece. Game five is Friday evening in Portland with game six on Sunday night back in Edmonton. Among the high profile names who are competing in the WHL Final are first round draft picks Mathew Dumba of the Winterhawks and Curtis Lazar of the Oil Kings. Dumba was drafted by the Minnesota Wild and Lazar was drafted by the Oil Kings.