In Alec Martinez’s first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, he played for just over 16 minutes and had two shots on goal. That Oct. 3, 2009 game against the Phoenix Coyotes didn’t go as planned – the Kings lost 6-3 – but it changed everything for the young defenseman.

“It was a good feeling, but I knew that there was a lot of work ahead of me and there still is,” Martinez said. “It really was a dream come true.”

Nearly three years later, Martinez has settled into the team and into his position as a key part of a strong group of defensemen on the roster.