This is the 12th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Wednesday: Jason Fitzsimmons of South Carolina
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by San Diego’s Martin St. Amour.
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (obvious reason)
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, John Daly
Martin St. Amour was named the second head coach in San Diego Gulls history on May 3, 2004. The 34-year-old St. Amour was an associate coach for the Gulls for three seasons from 2001-04 after beginning his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Gulls in 2000-01. St. Amour played 14 professional seasons, including one season with Cincinnati in the ECHL in 1991-92 and eight years with San Diego in the West Coast Hockey League, helping the Gulls win the WCHL title in 1996, 1997 and 1998. St. Amour holds the San Diego career records for points (394), goals (180) and assists (214) while ranking third in games (292), plus-minus rating (+161) and penalty minutes (927). In February of 2001, St. Amour’s jersey number 18 was retired by the Gulls, becoming only the second player in San Diego professional hockey history to have his jersey retired. The first was the number 20 worn by Willie O’Ree. St Amour lives in the Encinitas area with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, M. J. and Veronica.