Marttie Jarventie was born April 4, 1976 in Tampere, Finland. The 5th choice, 109th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Jarventie came to North America in 2001-02 after spending the majority of his playing career in Finland.
After finishing second in scoring amongst TPS Turku defensemen in 2000-01, Jarventie suited up for Montreal's AHL affiliate in Quebec for the 2001-02 season. Finishing third amongst Quebec defensemen with 21 points, Jarventie's steady play throughout the season earned him a one game call up with the parent club. Jarventie returned to Finland in 2002-03 to play for Jokerit Helsinki.