Hey, remember them?…Freddy Meyer; Andy Hilbert; Joel Martin

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This is an column that will explore some of the more obscure Islanders players throughout their history. Hopefully it will jog your memory bank and bring you back to the days of yore…even if some of those memories were forgettable.

Freddy Meyer IV

Freddy Meyer IV

Freddy Meyer IV: The diminutive defenseman played parts of four seasons on Long Island from 2006-2010. In 178 games he recorded 11 goals and 28 assists. Perhaps he is best known for his two goal, one assist game on November 29th, 2008 in a victory over the Ottawa Senators. He was also able to lay the occasional heavy hip-check on puck carriers.

Meyer was originally acquired in 2006 from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a third round pick, in exchange for Alexei Zhitnik. After being placed on waivers and subsequently claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes in October of 2007, he was reclaimed off waivers one month later. After a 64 game, 4 goal campaign in 2009-2010, Meyer signed with the Atlanta Thrashers where he played the final 15 games of his NHL career the next season.

Andy Hilbert: The forward from Howell, Michigan played three seasons with the New York Islanders from 2006-2009. While a staple on Ted Nolan’s penalty-kill unit, he is perhaps best known for his inability to record points at the beginning of seasons.

Andy Hilbert

Andy Hilbert

In his first season with the team, it took him 22 games before he finally recorded a point, though he eventually finished with eight goals and 20 assists in 81 games. He followed that up with a 20 game absence from the scoresheet the next year before netting another eight goals and eight assists in 70 games. His final season was his best on the Island when he recorded 11 goals and 16 assists in 67 games for Scott Gordon. He played four more games for the Minnesota Wild in 2009-2010 to close out his career.

Joel Martin: Hey, remember that time Kevin Poulin injured himself during warmups and the Islanders had to dress goalie coach Mike Dunham as the emergency backup goaltender in 2011? Well, if you recall, the Islanders called up an AHL goalie that day, and he arrived in time to serve as the backup for the second period. That AHL call-up was none other than journeyman minor league goalie Joel Martin.

Joel Martin

Joel Martin

At the time of Poulin’s knee injury on February 8th, 2011, Martin had just been signed, four days prior, by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as a fill-in for an injured Nathan Lawson, who had been injured while replacing an injured Rick DiPietro. Prior to playing with the Sound Tigers, Martin was playing in the Central Hockey League; one of many stops in many leagues over his career.

When he got the call to head to New York and serve as Mikko Koskinen’s backup, the game was only minutes from starting. Martin drove from Bridgeport to Uniondale and, as he joked to Islanders TV, “got dressed quicker than I’ve ever gotten dressed before.” He served as the backup for the remaining 40 minutes of the game, and traveled with the team for their next game where he sat on the bench again.

A day later the Islanders traded for Al Montoya and Martin was sent back down to Bridgeport. Those 100 minutes he sat on the bench was the only time he spent in the NHL during his lengthy career. Over 15 years, the Ft. Worth, Texas native has played on 20 different teams in eight different leagues on three different continents. He is currently playing with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL where he is 17-15-5 with a 3.02 GAA and .916 SV%.

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