Matt Cullen

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Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen.jpg
Born (1976-11-02) November 2, 1976 (age 37)
Virginia, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
National team  United States
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1997–present

Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is a professional ice hockey center of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995. His father Terry Cullen was the high school hockey coach. He played for the St. Cloud State Huskies from 1995–1997 and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 1995 and WCHA All-Star in 1996. He was drafted 35th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Cullen won his first Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. After the 2006 season, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Rangers. After just one season with the Rangers, Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the 2006–2007 off season in exchange for defenceman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, in an attempt to free up salary.

During the NHL lockout of 2004–05, Cullen led the Italian league in scoring while playing for Cortina, finishing with 27 goals and 33 assists in 36 games.

On February 22, 2009, Cullen scored the first hat trick of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 12, 2010, Cullen was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick

On July 1, 2010, Cullen returned to his home state when he signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild.[1]

Upon expiration of his three-year deal with the Wild, and with the team facing cap constraints, Cullen left as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.[2]

Personal[edit]

He is the older brother of EC Red Bull Salzburg player Mark Cullen, and of Braehead Clan player Joe Cullen. He has a wife and three sons.

Cullen is a Christian.[3]

Matt currently resides in Moorhead, Minnesota in the off season with his family.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 St. Cloud State WCHA 39 12 29 41 28
1996–97 St. Cloud State WCHA 36 15 30 45 70
1996–97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 6 3 3 6 7 3 0 2 2 0
1997–98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 15 12 27 2
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 6 21 27 23
1998–99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 3 1 2 3 8
1998–99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 11 14 25 47 4 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 13 26 39 24
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 10 30 40 38
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 18 30 48 24
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 50 7 14 21 12
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 30 6 6 12 22
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 56 6 13 19 24
2004–05 SG Cortina ITL 36 27 33 60 64
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 25 24 49 40 25 4 14 18 12
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 80 16 25 41 50 10 1 3 4 6
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 13 36 49 32
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 22 21 43 20 18 3 3 6 14
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 12 28 40 26
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 4 4 8 8 6 3 5 8 0
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 12 27 39 34
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 14 21 35 24
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 7 20 27 10 5 0 3 3 2
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 77 10 29 39 32
NHL totals 1150 212 389 601 492 68 11 28 39 34

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1996 United States WJC 5th 6 3 1 4 0
1998 United States WC 12th 6 2 1 3 0
1999 United States WC 6th 6 1 6 7 4
2003 United States WC 13th 6 1 1 2 2
2004 United States WC

9 2 4 6 4
Junior totals 6 3 1 4 0
Senior totals 27 6 12 18 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1996
All-WCHA Second Team 1997
NHL
Stanley Cup 2006

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