Rest in Peace Ray Martynuik

Ray Martynuik a Boquete resident died in his home in Boquete Panama this past Sunday. Many of us knew Ray as a smiling face too often in a local bar. I enjoyed his company and conversations with him many times. Some people in Boquete might not be aware of Ray’s prior history.

This article is from a Canadian Radio station. LINK 

“Ray Martynuik “The Can Miss Kid” passed away in Panama City this past Sunday at the age of 63. Ray played for the Flin Flon Bombers from 1967 to 1970.  Ray wore no.21 and is considered one of the greatest Bomber goaltenders of all time.

During Ray’s three year career with the Bombers in the WCHL,  he was selected as the league’s top goaltender two out of the three years he played.

Ray was selected 5th overall in the NHL Draft in 1970, when he was chosen by the Montreal Canadiens. The legendary Scotty Bowman who managed the ST.Louis Blues at the time said Ray was one of the best goalie prospects he had seen in the last 20 years.

Even though Ray did not play a single game in the NHL, he had an amazing career in the minors where he played Professional hockey for 11 years in 4 different leagues. Among the highlights being chosen the best goaltender in the Central League in 1974-75 with a sparkling 2.96 goals against average.

After Ray’s hockey career ended, he moved to Cranbrook British Columbia where he would work for Coca Cola for over 20 years.  Ray also got involved with a lot of local charities in BC including the Children’s Wish Foundation, where he helped organize a Golf Tournament every year with the Cranbrook Golf Club.

Ray not only was considered one of the best to ever play his position , he is also considered one of the innovators of the game and loved to entertain the crowd in every town he played.

The next time you open up a cold can of Coke, think of the one and only “Can Miss Kid” Flin Flon’s Ray Martyniuk.”



  1. RIP Ray, may the laughs continue in heaven. xo

  2. Petey and Gary says:

    We will miss our dear friend!

  3. Bjorn Sefeldt says:

    from one former hockey player to another….RIP Ray…never knew him , but sounds like a great guy!

  4. alejandra says:

    Love You For Ever Ray….. Best Friend Ever!! Dan & Alejandra

  5. RIP ray even though the stupid cunt that runs this website had to say you stayed in the bar to much

  6. Sam, it is clear this “stupid cunt” knew Ray better than you did in these last few years. Maybe you do not know how he died? Maybe his death is not in vain if others understand how and why he died so young.

  7. Steve Clarke says:

    Nice comment, Sam. No screening going on Lee? There’s no place for this

  8. dell iannone says:

    grew up with ray played hockey with ray great goalie good friend great guy

  9. just a super guy. RIP Ray.

  10. I was kid watching Ray play in Flin Flon. He was a great athlete and wonderful entertainer, always helped us cheer and laugh. Sad to hear of his passing.

  11. Dave Soutter says:

    I enjoyed watching Ray (“Marty” as he was known back in the day) play here in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the old Central Hockey League. He was an amazing goaltender and led the Golden Eagles to the 1975 CHL championship. Hockey fans in Salt Lake have many fond memories of Marty and I am very sorry to learn of his passing.

  12. Watched Ray in Columbus, my favorite of all time.

  13. I met Ray down in Bouquete in August 2013. I saw him out each night I was down there. He had a number of great stories about his playing days. I hope he has found peace.

  14. Andrew Palermo says:

    I grew up in Southern New Jersey and followed Ray through The Hockey News publication! He was one of my favorite minor league goalies! Still have Salt lake City Golden Eagles bank! RIP!

  15. Bob McKenna says:

    I played for a short while with Marty in the IHL and went to two Seals training camps with him. He was a great guy , an entertainer. The scouts thought highly of him. RIP

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