Cole Martin: When I met 'Marty' in the fall of 2011, the only thing that intrigued me about this smallish 17 year-old defenceman was the Texas twang in his voice and the fact that he was raised in the Lone Star State. This guy won't be able to play major junior will he? He will be homesick in a week, I told myself. My first interview with Martin led me to believe he was a focused athlete who knew what he wanted to accomplish. He informed me that he left home at an early age to pursue his hockey career, so young in fact; that many kids his age now are only concerned about how many hours they can spend in a day playing Xbox. 'Marty's' maturity blew me away.
Tyrell Goulbourne: In the fall of 2010, this shy rookie with tattoos on his arm could sing. Sing? More about that later. 'Goulby' wouldn't say much to me in his first year with the Rockets. I think he was scared because of the mic I had in my hand. He was always reluctant to do interviews because he believed he wasn't very good at public speaking. I thought otherwise, and with a little help, I wanted him to get more confident with his interactions with the media. He was an engaging personality. I just wanted to get it out of him. After four years, with his effort not mine, that goal has been accomplished. He looks relaxed on television, specifically, and his answers for the media are pro.
As hard as this may seem to believe, Goulbourne wasn't an overly tough player when he came to the Rockets. That part of his game evolved. So did his skating.