Years Played: 1965, 1966, 1967
Mike Marttila, originally from Detroit, Michigan, played hockey for the Detroit Olympics in 1961 and for the Detroit Junior Red Wings in 1962 and 1963 before enrolling at the University of Michigan. He played left wing for Coach Al Renfrew during the 1964-1965 through 1966-1967 seasons. To quote his coach: “He was a quiet leader who led by example. He had one of the greatest shots of all the players I coached. Has always supported the program since graduation.”
Mike Marttila had several memorable experiences while playing for the Wolverines, but he mostly enjoyed traveling with the team, especially to Boston and Colorado. The first-class accommodations accorded to the Michigan hockey program will always be remembered. For two seasons, he played on the “Kid Line”, an all-Detroit line with his brother Lea and Bruce Koviak, Dean Lucier and Harold Herman, all five of whom played together for the Detroit Junior Red Wings. In the RPI tournament in 1966, the “Kid Line” scored six goals in a 9-1 victory over Colgate.
He also scored the winning goals in wins over Michigan Tech, North Dakota, and Colorado College. His career totals stand at twenty-six goals and thirty-two assists for sixty total career points. He was elected captain for his senior year and led Michigan to a 19-7-2 record. He was the first Michigan native since 1944 to be elected captain. After graduating from the School of Education, Mike Marttila and his brother started a family business in the Detroit area, while remaining active in old-times hockey and senior hockey. He lists his life-long friends of the Michigan hockey program as a mainstay to his success and happiness.
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