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2019 WJC | Ryan Martin, Player Personnel

Ryan Martin returns as a member of the U.S. National Junior Team staff in a player personnel capacity. His contributions in recent years have helped guide Team USA to multiple top-three finishes at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, including a gold medal in 2017, a silver medal in 2019 and a pair of bronze medals in 2016 and 2018, marking the first time ever that the United States has medaled in four-straight years at the tournament. Martin also served in a similar capacity in 2013 alongside Jim Johannson when the U.S. National Junior Team won a gold medal.

Martin is in his 10th season as assistant general manager and his 15th overall as a member of the Detroit Red Wings’ front office team. Martin is primarily responsible for collective bargaining agreement administration and compliance, salary cap management, player contract research and analysis, and salary arbitration preparation. He is also involved extensively in all facets of player contract negotiations, strategic planning and player evaluations at both the professional and amateur levels. 

In addition, Martin is currently in his seventh season as general manager of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, who have captured two Calder Cup championships over a five-year span under his watch (2013 and 2017). He oversees all aspects of hockey operations for the Griffins including player personnel decisions, player development, contract negotiations and player movement. 

Prior to joining the Red Wings in 2005, Martin spent seven years in various legal roles. From 2003-05, he was the in-house corporate counsel for a group of closely-held businesses in Massachusetts and also worked as a part-time scout for the Omaha Lancers (USHL). Before that, he worked four years as an attorney and NHLPA certified player agent representing professional hockey players in all facets of their careers. Martin also spent a year with the firm Messner & Reeves, LLC, specializing in corporate, commercial transactional and taxation law.

A native of Connecticut, Martin graduated from Trinity College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Legal Studies. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1997 and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1998.